As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to celebrate Children’s Day, Leah Sharibu’s name has been on lips of many concerned Nigerians, ever since she was abducted by the deadly Boko haram Sect. In this light, Nigerians politicians are taking to social media to express concerns over the continued detention of Sharibu, the only Christian girl still in Boko Haram captivity after the abduction in Dapchi, Yobe State.
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Singapore’s richest man, Philip Ng Chee Tat, says living without Jesus and focusing on material things is sad. Money is important. But it can’t do for your soul what Jesus can. ONLY Jesus can save #FreeLeahSharibu #RenosNuggets Read his amazing story here https://t.co/iTkWQz8Da2
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) May 25, 2019
May 27: Where is Leah Sharibu?@ProfOsinbajo "For if you remain silent at this time, relief & deliverance will arise from another place, but you & your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14)
— James Atts, PhD (@jamesatts) May 27, 2019
This failure of a Christian knows the god he is thankful to surely not the God of Leah Sharibu. Definitely not the God of Abraham! https://t.co/wrjvu34HRK
— Nd Majestic (@NdMajestic) May 27, 2019
On #ChildrensDay2019, we remember Leah Sharibu, and all other young Nigerian children who will be commemorating this important day without their loved ones. We commit them into our prayers, and continue to call for their unequivocal release. pic.twitter.com/WxM2f3qXkD
— Abubakar Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) May 27, 2019
My thoughts today are with those kids all over the world in serious poverty without clothes and food and those kids abused daily and most importantly Leah Sharibu and those kids held captive we wont stop praying
Happy childrens day#ChildrensDay2019
— S.S Malgwi (@santos__vito) May 27, 2019
You may recall that the Federal Government, secured the release of Zainab Aliyu, a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, who was arrested after a banned drug, tramadol, was found in her bag on arrival in Saudi Arabia.
Uncertainty regarding number of abductees
According to Wikipedia, the Yobe governor stated that 94 schoolgirls were kidnapped from the school and that 48 had returned to their parents and that only 46 are still missing. While, Bashir Manzo, the chairman of the Forum of Missing Dapchi Schoolgirls Parents said that 105 girls were missing.
The police commissioner of Yobe, Abdulmaliki Sunmonu said that 111 schoolgirls were missing.
According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, she has subsequently been given to a Boko Haram fighter as a slave. In August 2018 an audio was released of Leah pleading for her freedom. In October 2018 her parents revealed that Boko Haram had threatened to kill her later that month, should the government not meet their demands.
In February 2019 social media reports circulated about her death, but were dismissed by the government as politically motivated disinformation. On May 14, 2019, Leah celebrated her 16th Birthday in Boko Haram custody. She has spent over 400 days in captivity. Over 5000 Muslims gathered to pray for the release of Leah on Thursday, May 16, 2019
SaharaReporters, also maintained that, the terrorists had returned to remaining girls to the town after negotiations and ransom paid by the Nigerian government, with the exception of Leah, on account of her religion.