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Rev. Dr. Adewale Martins seek Leah Sharibu’s release after years.

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The cleric, while congratulating the newly appointed Service Chiefs, reminded them of the enormous responsibility ahead of them.

The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Dr. Alfred Adewale Martins has urged the Federal Government to secure Leah Sharibu’s release.

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He said government’s failure to secure her release for the past three years, coupled with increase in cases of kidnapping and armed banditry across the country, recent being the abduction of over 40 students of Government Science College, Kagara, in Niger State and four teachers, was regrettable and unjustifiable in view of enormous financial and material resources expended to wage war against insurgency and all forms of insecurity in the country.

Recall with NoRM that Leah Sharibu, a Christian, was among 110 female students of Government Science Secondary School, Dapchi, Yunusari Local Council, Yobe State abducted by Boko Haram on February 19, 2018. Her case, in particular, attracted unprecedented local and global attention, owing to the fact that others were released, while she was detained for refusing to renounce her Christian faith.

In a release, yesterday, by the Director of Social Communications, Rev. Fr. Anthony Godonu, the Archbishop insisted that government owed Leah Sharibu’s family, and indeed, all Nigerians the duty to not only secure her release and other abducted students, but also to put an end to all forms of insecurity.

The statement read: “It is sad to note three years have passed by since Leah Sharibu, a Christian student of Government Science Secondary School, Dapchi, Yunusari Council, Yobe State was abducted from her school along with other girls and has since been in incarceration. The Federal Government promised, as a matter of priority, to ensure her release. Unfortunately, she along with others are still languishing in the hands of their abductors. We have been told several efforts have been made to ensure her release, but we are yet to see them materialise.”

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Martins appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to do all within his power to secure Leah’s release and those of other abducted students.

The cleric, while congratulating the newly appointed Service Chiefs, reminded them of the enormous responsibility ahead of them.

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No one has come to pay me visit ever since 2019 – Leah Sharibu’s father


Nathan Sharibu, father of Leah Sharibu who was abducted by Boko Haram alongside over 100 schoolgirls in Dapchi community of Yobe State in February 2018, has blamed the federal government over his daughter’s continuous stay in captivity.

The emotional father of the abducted schoolgirl who spoke to Channels Television in commemoration of his daughter’s two years in captivity on Tuesday, February 18, reminded President Buhari of his promise of ensuring that his daughter returns home


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Presidency vows to bring back Leah Sharibu

…others from Boko Haram’s captive


On the eve of the second anniversary of the kidnapping of Dapchi schoolgirls by Boko Haram, President Muhammadu Buhari, has vowed for the umpteenth time to seek the release of Leah Sharibu and others in the captivity of the terrorists.

Leah Sharibu was the only captive of the 110 taken away that the terrorists held back. Several had died on the way to the terrorists den. And 107 schoolgirls were returned.


Here is Buhari’s statement:

“Two years ago, 110 innocent children from the town of Dapchi were taken, against their will, by the terrorists of Boko Haram. 107 survived the ordeal. Today all but one – Leah Sharibu – are returned to their families.


“Now aged 16, Leah remains in the hands of the terrorists – they say because she refuses to renounce her Christian faith.

“We say, as the government for and of all Nigerians, that no person has the right to force another to change their faith against their will and that all life is sacred.

“This government continues and seeks to secure the release of all children and captives of terrorists – and we do so regardless of their creed or the name of their creator.

“As we redouble our efforts for Leah’s return, we can never allow the terrorists to divide us – Christian against Muslim, Muslim against Christian. We are all Sons of Abraham. And all Nigerians have the same worth and rights before the law, and before God”.


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What more to expect? – Leah Sharibu’s father react to pregnancy ..


Leah Sharibu’s father Nathan Sharibu has said he is unsure his daughter recently had a baby for a Boko Haram commander.

Nathan was reacting to the report published on Saturday in some Nigerian newspapers that the Leah got pregnant by a Boko Haram commander who had married her and lived outside Nigeria.

Ahmed Salkilda, a Nigerian journalist known to have links with the terror, also claimed Leah is now a “mother”.


“Why I wonder, do we pretend that leaving Leah behind won’t result in pregnancy?” he tweeted on Sunday.

“Since the terror group announced condemning her to slavery, is there any step or collective focus on preventing similar occurrences? She’s a mother, but I don’t know about the gender of the baby,” Salkida said.


But Leah’s father in an interview with the Hausa Service of the Voice of America said that so far, no authorities have contacted him about Leah, so he has no information on the report he read online.

Leah’s mother also shared similar fate. She, in an interview session with BBC Pidgin, said she could not confirm the news because no one had told her anything like that, she only read on the internet on Saturday.


“Whether it’s true or not I have nothing to say,” she told BBC pidgin in a phone conversation.

“Since the kidnapping of my daughter no government official has told us this,” she added.

Leah Sharibu, who turns 17 in May, is one of the kidnapped 110 girls and one boy from the girls’ school in Dapchi, in February 2018.

After negotiations with the Nigerian government, Boko Haram freed many of her schoolmates but denied her freedom because she failed to renounce her faith.


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Leah Sharibu turn Muslim in Boko Haram’s abode – Family reacted..

…married and bare baby for Boko Haram commander


A source close to the insurgents said Leah Sharibu was forced to accept Islam before being married off to the Boko Haram commander.

Leah Sharibu’s family have reacted to media report that the teenage schoolgirl was recently delivered of a baby boy for a Boko Haram commander.

Leah and over a hundred others were abducted by Boko Haram from Government Secondary School, Dapchi, Adamawa State in 2018.

While others were released, Leah was held back by the insurgents for refusing to denounce her Christian faith.

But, a recent report by SaharaReporters alleged that Leah was forced to accept Islam before being married off to the Boko Haram commander. NobleReporters learnt


Spokesperson of the family and senior lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Jos, Dr. Gloria Puldu, described the report as a rumour.

He said the only desire of the family was to have their daughter with or without a baby.


“I have seen reports that Leah had a baby boy. That is just a rumour as far as we are concerned. What we even desire is to see a proof of life so that we see Leah by ourselves. If they are able to have Leah safe, we will understand,” Puldu said according to Punch.

“The most important thing is that we want her to be alive. And if she is alive, we will praise God for that. They should release her, despite whatever condition she is in. That is all; it doesn’t matter whether she is pregnant or with a baby. Is it not better to have your child alive? So, it doesn’t matter, all we are interested in is her life and safety.


“I spoke with Jennifer, who was in Boko Haram captivity, last Monday or Tuesday. I was able to speak with her one-on-one and she told us that she did not see Leah in captivity, but she was with Alison Gada, who informed her that Leah was alive, healthy and not dead,” he added.

Salkida confirms Leah is now a mother


President of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (Church of the Brethren), Rev Joel Billi, noted a journalist who has access to Boko Haram, Ahmad Salkida, told him Leah had become a mother.

Billi said he got the call from Salkida on the same day the journalist announced the execution of the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Rev Lawan Andimi, by the insurgents.


“Ahmed Salkida, whom I knew as a young boy when I was a pastor in Biu, called me to inform me that Andimi had been gruesomely murdered.

“I was also told by Ahmad Salkida that Leah Sharibu had given birth to a baby. I was devastated. I was staggering and almost fell down because I was shocked to hear that. I couldn’t absorb the shock because Leah Sharibu had become a symbol of the Christian faith. I consider her Christian faith stronger than even that of many church leaders. When I heard that Leah Sharibu was now a mother, I had to ask more than three times just to be sure. Ahmad Salkida said, ‘Leah Sharibu is now a mother.’”

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has said that it is making efforts to secure the release of Leah.

According to reports, Leah would have been released months ago but for her pregnancy.


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Bring back Leah Sharibu with or without baby – Family aggrieved..


The family of Christian teenage schoolgirl abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in 2018, Leah Sharibu, has described reports that she had a baby boy in captivity as a rumour.

A senior lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Jos, Dr. Gloria Puldu, who speaks for the family, also told Sunday Punch on Saturday that all they wanted was to have Leah home alive, with or without a baby.

Some media reports had earlier reported that Leah had a baby for a Boko Haram commander in Niger Republic and that she would have been released some months ago but for her pregnancy.


Dismissing the reports, Puldu said, “I have seen reports that Leah had a baby boy. That is just a rumour as far as we are concerned. What we even desire is to see a proof of life so that we see Leah by ourselves. If they are able to have Leah safe, we will understand.

“The most important thing is that we want her to be alive. And if she is alive, we will praise God for that. They should release her, despite whatever condition she is in. That is all; it doesn’t matter whether she is pregnant or with a baby. Is it not better to have your child alive? So, it doesn’t matter, all we are interested in is her life and safety.”


Puldu also noted that they had unconfirmed information that Leah was still alive.

She said, “I spoke with Jennifer, who was in Boko Haram captivity, last Monday or Tuesday. I was able to speak with her one-on-one and she told us that she did not see Leah in captivity, but she was with Alison Gada, who informed her that Leah was alive, healthy and not dead.”


Incidentally, President of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (Church of the Brethren), Rev Joel Billi, told one of our correspondents that a journalist who has access to Boko Haram, Ahmad Salkida, told him Leah had become a mother.

The cleric said he got the call from Salkida on the same day the journalist announced the execution of the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Rev Lawan Andimi, by Boko Haram.


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He said he had known Salkida as a young boy while he was a pastor in Biu.

Billi said, “Ahmed Salkida, whom I knew as a young boy when I was a pastor in Biu, called me to inform me that Andimi had been gruesomely murdered.


“I was also told by Ahmad Salkida that Leah Sharibu had given birth to a baby. I was devastated. I was staggering and almost fell down because I was shocked to hear that. I couldn’t absorb the shock because Leah Sharibu had become a symbol of the Christian faith. I consider her Christian faith stronger than even that of many church leaders. When I heard that Leah Sharibu was now a mother, I had to ask more than three times just to be sure. Ahmad Salkida said, ‘Leah Sharibu is now a mother.’”

Leah was among 110 schoolgirls abducted on February 19, 2018 by Boko Haram terrorists from Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi in Yobe State.

Christian teenage schoolgirl abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in 2018, Leah Sharibu


In March 2018, the Federal Government announced the insurgents had returned 106 of the kidnapped schoolchildren but that Leah was not among them.

It was reported that Leah, who was 14 years old at the time she was kidnapped, w as not released because she refused to convert to Islam.


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Xmas’19: Leah Sharibu, the best Xmas gift we’ll appreciate – Group tells FG.

…as it is more than four years of her abduction


The presidential candidate of the Mass Action Joint Alliance party, Prof. Funmilayo Adesanya-Davies, has called on the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to give Nigerians a ‘New Year gift’ by ensuring the release of Miss Leah Sharibu from the captivity of Boko Haram.

She stated that it was sad that the girl has still not been released since her abduction on February 19, 2018.

Adesanya-Davies, in a statement made available to our Correspondent on Thursday, said Leah’s release will be a good New Year gift to Nigerians, adding that FG should inform Nigerians whether she is alive or dead.


Sharibu is among the 110 female students of Government Science Technical School, Dapchi, Yobe State, who were abducted on February 19, 2018.

While five of the girls were said to have died, 104 were released by the insurgents on March 21, 2018, following negotiations with the Federal Government.

Leah Sharibu was, however, held back by her captors due to her reported refusal to deny her Christian faith and convert to Islam.

She said, “Buhari, give us Leah Sharibu as Christmas/New year gift.”


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ACF – How to rescue Leah sharibu, others from Boko Haram custody.

A principal lecturer, College of Education Gashua,Yobe State, Bitrus Bwala, has said Boko Haram is holding Leah Sharibu because the Federal Government has not done enough.

Contrary to widespread rumours that she was dead, Bwala said she is alive.

Sharibu has been in Boko Haram captivity close to two years. She was one of the 110 schoolgirls kidnapped in Dapchi, Yobe State on February 19, 2018.

All the other girls were released after negotiations with the Federal Government, but Miss Sharibu was not released for allegedly refusing to denounce her Christian faith.

The college lecturer and 10 others, who were recently kidnapped by Boko Haram appeared in a recent video shared by their abductors.

Speaking on behalf of others, Bwala appealed to the Federal Government to come to their rescue.

“We appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to do whatever…it takes to come to our rescue,” he said.

The video also showed a veiled female whose face was blurred to ostensibly conceal her identity. It is not clear if the lady was Leah Sharibu

In the video, Mr. Bwala said he and 11 others were mostly Christians and from Yobe State. In the one minute and 29 seconds video, Bwala said he was on his way to his station on November 27, when he was abducted by the Tilafa army (Boko Haram). He said they witnessed the recent killing of the humanitarian aid workers.

“As you can see, sitting behind me are fellow Christians who were abducted at different points and brought to this place.”

Amidst tears, he appealed to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) “to come and rescue us because when we came here, we saw some workers here, especially workers of food organizations…but they were later executed.”

Meanwhile, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has urged the Federal Government to change its negotiation strategy with Boko Haram in order to rescue Sharibu and the Chibok girls still held in captivity of terrorists.

ACF’s reaction followed the killing of four aid workers, including a woman, by the Boko Haram terrorists on Saturday in Borno State.

A statement by the spokesman of the Forum, Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, yesterday, urged “the Federal Government to review its negotiation strategy with the terrorists and ensure that all kidnapped persons still in the captivity of the Boko Haram, including Leah Sharibu and the Chibok girls are rescued and released to their families.

“The ACF urges the Federal Government to intensify its rescue operations in order to assuage the fears of Nigerians of what may happen to those still in captivity. ACF is shocked and saddened by the sad news of yet another killing of four aid workers, including a woman by the Boko Haram terrorists yesterday in Borno.”

Last year, two female aid workers with International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), were abducted by the terrorists during an attack on the military base in Rann, Borno State and were subsequently executed by the terrorists on the grounds that the Federal Government failed to meet up with some of their demands.

“The recent action of the terrorists, to say the least was callous, barbaric and inhuman and totally against the tenets of Islam and humanity. The killing is a clear desecration of Islam which preaches sacred inviolability of the individual.

“Government’s assurances that it has been working with some friendly countries and other international organizations to save the lives of the innocent aid workers and other kidnapped female students have not yielded the desired result. ACF extends its condolences to families of who were brutally executed by the terrorists for serving humanity and equally commiserates with the families of those still captivity.”

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