Leah Sharibu, the abducted Dapchi school girl’s parents, Mr Nathan and Mrs Rebecca Sharibu, have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the release of their daughter before the October deadline given by Boko Haram to eliminate her, should the government fail to meet their demand.
The terrorists had, in a recent video, in which they killed a health worker in Borno State, also threatened to kill Leah in October.
But the mother, at a press conference yesterday in Jos, the Plateau State Capital, appealed to President Buhari to do everything within his power to stop the terrorists from carrying out their threat and as well, ensure the safe and speedy release of her daughter.
Speaking amidst profuse tears, she thanked all those who had been standing with the family in prayers, moral and motivational support not to relent until her daughter is returned.
“Since February that my daughter, alongside her schoolmates were abducted, it has been heartbreaking for me as a mother, especially that government ensured the release of her colleagues a month later except her alone.
“I’m appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari to apply all efforts used in ensuring the release of her colleagues, to free her as well, because there should be no reason whatsoever why her matter should be different.”
She thanked the international community for their prayers and moral support, and appealed to them to also assist in any way they could to ensure the release of her daughter.
In the same vein, Leah’s father said since the abduction of their daughter, the family has never being the same.
Speaking to journalists via a phone call that was put on speaker after his wife’s address, Nathan, who also reechoed his wife’s plea for their daughter’s release, stressed that nothing would give the family joy and fulfillment like the family’s reunification with their daughter.
He further explained that since the incident happened, there has been no threat to the family whatsoever, except the frequent enquiries from individuals, groups/bodies nationally and internationally.
According to him, another pressing family concern is Leah’s brother (Donald) who has been disturbed and is always asking of when she would return.
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