Only God Can Tell When Leah Sharibu Will Return - Femi Adesina
Leah Sharibu's voice in a released audio, may have brought hope to the family and some form of succour for the parents that have been waiting for their child to return, but it has not made her whereabouts known at the moment.
Even the presidency is relying on God to decide when the girl who has been in the custody of Boko Haram since February, will be reunited with her family.
When a spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Femi Adesina, was asked by Channels Television when the girl will return to her parents he said:
"Hmmm, for how much longer. I think that question can only be answered by God".
It is not clear where the audio was recorded, but the presidency had said the Department of State Services (DSS) was already investigating to unravel more about the audio.
Mr Adesina, however, expressed the belief that God was interested in Leah Sharibu.
"I believe that God is interested in that young girl and will ensure that she is preserved.
"At least, by the time that clip we heard is verified, one will be sure it is her actually and when that is determined, we will all be glad that she is alive.
"By the grace of God, the government is working on it and working at it and we believe she will be back.
"One thing we should always remember as Nigerians is that early in the life of this administration, the President had said that... then it was Chibok girls, Dapchi hadn't joined... whatever it will take to get the girls back he will do including paying, if necessary," he stated.
On when the DSS would finish the verification of the voice and make headway in her rescue effort, Mr Adesina said the verification timeline was wholly something only the DSS would know.
"To verify, that will be within the purview of the DSS to do. Left to the President, he wants her back today," he stressed.
The president's spokesman also expressed worry that Nigerians want the Presidency to be involved in every aspect of a Nigerian's life, highlighting that that was why the local and state governments exist.
"I expect the Yobe State government to be in touch with the family and provide them some succour. It is not really a presidency matter.
"In Nigeria they expect the presidency to do everything, but the grassroots should take care of that. They don't need to be told," he said.
Leah was abducted along with other girls from a Government Secondary School in Dapchi in February, but the terrorists held her back when they returned others.
Reports have claimed she was held back because she refused to renounce her Christian faith.
In the released tape, the girl asked that the Nigerian government should have pity her.