Two years in captivity: Leah Sharibu’s father calls for her rescue

Rebecca Mu’azu, Gombe



Mr. Nathan Sharibu, the father of Leah, the only remaining captive of the Dapchi School Girls in Yobe State, who were abducted on February 19, 2018, says he feels very sad that, two years after the Dapchi girls were abducted, his daughter still remains in captivity.

In a telephone interview with Voice of Nigeria’s Rebecca Mu’azu, Leah’s father bemoaned efforts made by the Nigerian government so far to rescue his daughter saying it is not enough and pleaded with relevant authorities to do more to rescue Leah.

“I am pleading with the government, especially President Muhammadu Buhari, who promised the family several times that his administration will do its possible best to ensure that my daughter returns home safely and the others in captivity. So, I am pleading with him, being an elderly man, a father, a grandfather, to fulfil his promise, please,” Mr. Sharibu pleaded.

He said the government had in the past delegated some ministers to meet his wife, while President also called his wife and assured her that his administration would bring Leah home, but since then, no one had contacted them.

Mr. Sharibu commended the Dapchi community and the entire world for their support and for their support. He also thanked well wishers who standing by them in prayers, and those who were coming to his house to show concern and support.

He said he felt sad when he heard news that Leah may be dead or had been married off and had a baby.

“They are negative rumours of course, but all I want is, I want to see my daughter alive, no matter which condition she is in, whether with a baby or without a baby. I just want to see her alive,” said Mr. Sharibu.

Leah’s father called on the world to put more pressure on the Federal Government, so that will do their best to ensure that his daughters and the others still in captivity regained their freedom, while pleading with the captors to treat their captives with sympathy, because they are innocent.

Mr. Sharibu said at the moment, Leah’s mother was in the UK, where she hoped to meet European Union officials and get them to intervene for the safe return of their daughter home.

It will be recalled that Leah was among the 110 students of the Government Science and Technical College Dapchi, Yobe State, who were abducted on February 19, 2018, by the Boko Haram Insurgents.

She was then 15 years old and by May this year will be 17 years old.

While some speculations say she was dead, recent accounts show that she was alive, married off and with a baby.

However, for Mr. Sharibu, whatever condition his daughter might be in, he would want to see her back home alive.

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