Rebecca Sharibu pleads for Leah’s life
As the deadline given by Boko Haram Islamic terror group looms to execute Leah Sharibu, the only Christian girl held by the Jihadists, after releasing 109 of her schoolmates, Leah’s mother, Rebecca Sharibu, is once more pleading with President Muhammdu Buhari of Nigeria to ensure her release.
Tearfully pleading at a press conference held at the national headquarters of the Nigeria Fellowship of Evangelical Students, in Abuja on Saturday 29 September, Rebecca said, “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.”
Rebecca moaned that it is now seven moths since her daughter was kidnapped, on February 19, together with her classmates and though the rest were released four weeks later, Leah has remained in captivity. “It is our desire that anybody that can do anything to free Leah should do that.” She said and thanked “the entire world, most especially Nigerians for standing with the family and for their prayers on our behalf.”
Three weeks ago, the Al Barnawi faction of the Islamic terror group release a video in which it showed the execution a staff of the international Community of the Red Cross, 25 year old Saifura Khorsa Ahmed, “to send a message of blood” to President Buhari and warned that Leah will be next, giving a month for the nigerian government to meet its demands for her release. The demand was not however stated.
Rebecca said she was aware of a law 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, demanding a five million Naira (about £10,000) compensation for the the family but Rebecca said she is not interested in the suit, “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,” Rebecca said.
Leah’s father, Nathan also said the family has not been told about the negotiations between Boko Haram and the government. “They said the Federal Government did not respond to their demand but we didn’t know what it is all about. Since this thing happened, the Federal Government has not listened to them. So, we don’t know what they mean about that one.
Nathan re-echoed his wife’s plea. “I am pleading, on behalf of the family, with the Federal Government to act fast; I am pleading with the international community and the whole world to put pressure on the Federal Government of Nigeria and ensure that my daughter is released.” Nathan said.
Hassan John is West Africa Editor GCN and Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Jos
Image Credits/Google Images/Rebecca Sharibu/Leah sharibu- parents/Al Barnawi in Boko Haram propaganda video screen shot.