Seven months after the abduction of her daughter by Boko Haram insurgents, Rebecca Sharibu broke down in tears on Saturday as she recalled the October deadline given to the Federal Government of Nigeria to act to save Leah Sharibu’s life.

Leah was one of the 110 female students of Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, abducted by Boko Haram on February 19. While others were released, she was the only one held captive on account of her Christian faith.

Rebecca, who spoke during a press conference held at the national headquarters of the Nigeria Fellowship of Evangelical Students, pleaded with the international community to put pressure on the Federal Government to accede to the demands of Boko Haram in exchange for Leah’s release.

The breadwinner of the family, Nathan Sharibu, in a telephone interview with journalists, restated the threat by the insurgents to kill his daughter if the Federal Government did not implement their demands by October.

As she spoke about the expiration of the October ultimatum handed down by Boko Haram within which the Federal Government should implement their demands or they would kill Leah Sharibu, tears rolled down the cheeks of the embattled mother.

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Rebecca said, “I am here on behalf of my family, particularly me and my husband to plead with the entire world, most especially the Federal Government, President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, to please do whatever they can to ensure that Leah is released.

“A threat has been sent out that with effect from October 2018, Leah Sharibu would be next in line to be killed. I am pleading with the Federal Government to do whatever they feel should be done to release Leah before the expiration of the ultimatum.

“Monday (tomorrow) will be October 1. It is our desire that anybody that can do anything to free Leah should do that. We thank the entire world, most especially Nigerians for standing with the family and for their prayers on our behalf.”

She also distanced the family from the suit filed at the Federal High Court in Lagos by Daniel David Kadzai and a United States-based non-governmental organisation, Lift-Up-Now Incorporation, which sought, among other reliefs, N500m as compensation for the indignities and human deprivations suffered by Leah since her abduction in February 2018.

“We heard that some persons have taken the Federal Government to court, but we are not aware and have not taken the Federal Government to court. My family didn’t take the Federal Government to court. I’m not aware of it and I did not send them. I am not after money; all I want is my daughter to be released,” she stated

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