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Leah Sharibu’s mom pleads with Nigerian boss as kidnappers bluster to kill daughter

Leah Sharibu (Photo: Family)

The mom of a Christian lady incarcerated by Boko Haram for over 7 months has called on Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to secure her daughter’s release.

Leah Sharibu, 15, was one of 110 girls kidnapped on 19 Feb 2018 from a propagandize in Nigeria’s north-eastern city of Dapchi, in Yobe state.

Within a month, all a others had been released, though not Leah – a usually Christian – as she refused to forgo her faith.

On 16 September, Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP), a breakaway coterie of Boko Haram, announced that it had killed a Red Cross worker, Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, and threatened to kill 3 other hostages, including Leah.

Her mother, Rebecca, trafficked to Jos, collateral of Plateau state, over a weekend.

At a press discussion on 29 September, she removed that Leah’s kidnappers had expelled an final saying that Leah was subsequent in line to be killed:

“As we are coming October, on Monday, we am pleading with a sovereign government, and a president, to hear my defence and a defence of Leah’s dad, to secure a recover of a daughter,” she said.

She also denied reports alleging that she had filed a lawsuit opposite a Nigerian government, perfectionist N500m (more than $1m) in remuneration for her daughter’s kidnap.

A duplicate of a suit, antiquated 19 September, noticed by Nigeria’s Punch journal among other media outlets, was filed during a Federal High Court of Nigeria in Lagos by a US-based non-governmental organisation, and done accessible to media in Jos on 25 September.

In response to allegations that she had been behind it, Mrs Sharibu pronounced she and her father knew zero about it. “I am not after money; all we wish is my daughter to be released,” she said.

Saturday’s press discussion was convened by Rev. Gideon Para-Mallam, a Regional Secretary of IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students), who is during a heart of assent efforts between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria’s Middle Belt as owner of Citizens Monitoring Group (CMG).

Leah’s father, Nathan, who was not means to transport to Jos due to his work, spoke to media by phone.

He also reiterated his wife’s call to a Nigerian supervision and a general village to secure Leah’s release.

He pronounced that “since a abduction of a girl, a family has been really sad”, adding that her hermit Donald, 13, “who used to play, and do all together with her, has been really influenced by her absence, and he kept asking: ‘When Leah is going to come back?’

“As a father, we have to inspire him, saying: ‘By God’s grace, Leah can come behind home anytime’.” He combined that he did not know either a supervision and insurgents had been in negotiations.

Yesterday, for a initial time given Leah’s capture, President Buhari spoke to her mother. His twitter read: “Today we spoke with Mrs Rebecca Sharibu, to echo a integrity to move her daughter Leah behind home safely. The thoughts prayers of all Nigerians are with a Sharibu family, a families of all those still in captivity. We will do all we can to move them back.”

It’s a initial approach hit with any supervision central given a kidnap over 7 months ago. In May, Leah’s father indicted a supervision of abandoning a family:

“I have not perceived any support from a supervision though from a village and church members, we appreciate God given they have been enlivening me, lifting me by their prayers, visitation and difference of advice,” Nathan Sharibu pronounced then, on a girl’s 15th birthday. “I have not listened anything from federal, state and internal governments given my daughter was abducted. we am even confused now.”

Advocacy organisation #BringBackOurGirls also indicted a supervision of abandoning Leah’s family and village and refusing to yield Nigerians with updates on efforts to secure her release.

Rebecca Sharibu and Rev. Gideon Para-Mallam. (Photo: World Watch Monitor)

In new months, ISWAP has expelled a series of messages directed during putting vigour on Nigerian authorities to compensate ransoms for a recover of Leah and a kidnapped assist workers, though success.

In a video summary posted final month and seen by a Nigerian online repository The Cable, a insurgents claimed they had contacted a supervision over a captives though did not get any response.

“So, here is a summary of blood,” pronounced a orator of a group, announcing a murdering of Red Cross workman Khorsa. “The other helper and midwife will be executed in identical demeanour in one month, including Leah Sharibu,” he added.

The dual others hold with Leah are Hauwa Mohammed Liman, a midwife operative for a Red Cross, and Alice Loksha Ngaddah, a Unicef helper and mom of dual (a child aged 5 and a lady aged two).

In an audio summary in August, and obtained by a Nigerian publisher Ahmad Salkida, who has singular entrance to a radical Islamist group, a 3 assist workers called on a president:

“We were there for a vulnerable; now we are exposed … For a consequence of God, for a consequence of Allah, President Muhammadu Buhari, come and assistance us. Come and absolve us from this captivity.”

Also in August, Leah Sharibu, in a apart 35-second audio recording, asked Nigeria’s boss for assistance for her family and herself:

“I also beg to a members of a open to assistance my mother, my father, my younger hermit and relatives. Kindly assistance me out of my predicament. we am vagrant we to provide me with compassion. we am job on a government, quite a president, to empathize me and get me out of this critical situation. Thank you,” she said.

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