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Leah Sharibu’s Mother Decries Daughter’s 80 Days Captivity

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The mother of one of the Dapchi schoolgirls, Leah Sharibu, who is still in the custody of Boko Haram, for refusing to denounce her Christian faith, Rebecca Sharibu, has called on both the federal government to renegotiate with the sect members for the release of her daughter.

Mrs Sharibu decried that her 14-year-old daughter has spent over 80 days in Boko Haram captivity.

Speaking to our correspondent in her residence in Dapchi local government area of Yobe State at the weekend, Rebecca said her heart bleeds on a daily basis because of the condition her daughter has found herself.

She lamented that no government official in the state has visited the family to identify with them in their moment of anguish.

“I wonder why they are still holding her. My daughter is honest in all she does, she is hard-working, very good in her religion and she is a good girl,” Rebecca said.

On whether her daughter is alive, Rebecca said: “I can’t tell, but I believe she is alive. I am 45 year old now. With our prayers, both Muslims and Christians, my daughter will come back sooner or later.”

“If my daughter returns back, I will never allow her to go back to that school again. I will transfer her to other school in the state. But not in Dapchi again,” she said.

Rebecca, while commending the effort of President Muhammadu Buhari and Yobe State governor Ibrahim Gaidam to rescue the girl, urged them to do more.

“We have never received any government official here,” Rebecca said while urging the people to pray for the Nigeria security men.

She appealed to the people in the area to cooperate with the security operatives in order to rescue her daughter, Leah.



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