Silence over Leah Sharibu’s kidnap worries politicians
A Coalition of United Political Parties in Nigeria has once again expressed its concern over the silence of the Nigerian government over the captivity of Leah Sharibu by the Islamic Jihadi terrorist group, Boko Haram.
Leah’s captivity will be one year in February since she, together with 110 other girls of the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, were abducted. 105 of the girls were released, a month after their captivity, in a negotiation in which the government was said to have paid a ransom for the release of the schoolgirls but Leah was held back by the Jihadist because she would not renounce her Christian faith and convert to Islam.
Mark Adebayo, Deputy National, Spokesman for the coalition, said it would seem like the federal government is treating “Leah Sharibu’s case as closed. That is an extremely unthinkable treachery against a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Adebayo opined that the Nigerian government knows something about the abduction and said it is likely “Leah is being used as a political bait. The government may arrange her freedom a few days to the election to score a political point. But it matters not, just get her released and stop behaving like Leah Sharibu doesn’t exist,” Adebayo said.
This year also over 100 predominantly Christian schoolgirls kidnapped at the Government Secondary School Chibok, will be five years in captivity since their abduction together with 176 other schoolgirls in April 2014. About 104 regained their freedom through a government negotiation in which some Boko Haram terrorists and a large sum of money were given in exchange.
The Nigerian government had claimed that negotiations were on to secure the release of all the girls even the Boko Haram jihadist claimed in a propaganda video that the girls had converted to Islam and had been married off.
Hassan John is West Africa editor, GCN and Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Jos
Image Credits: Google Images/Leah Sharibu from Family/Boko Haram Screen grab from propaganda video