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Leah Sharibu’s family demands release at birthday ceremony

The family of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, has again cried out to the international community to help secure her release.

The family has asked Britain and the United States to pressure the Nigerian government to rescue Sharibu who has being held by Boko Haram terrorists for more than four years.

Her family made the appeal on Saturday in Yola, Adamawa State, to mark the abducted girl’s 19th birthday.

Speaking for the family on her 19th birthday, Dr Gloria Puldu urged the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), not to renege on his promise of bringing Sharibu back home to her parents.

She expressed concerns that the President might have given up on the rescue plan and had possibly abandoned the girl in terrorists’ captivity, seeing the tenure of his regime is winding down.

Puldu said, “It’s been more than four years now since Leah Sharibu was abducted by the Boko Haram insurgents at the Government Girls Science and Technical College Dapchi in Yobe State.

“Other abducted girls have been released by their abductors except Leah who refused to denounce her faith and convert to Islam.

“The President has made repeated promises to secure her release since then, but as it looks it appears our daughter has been abandoned. This administration has just a year to go and it will be a year of politicking and campaigns.

“It feels so painful that Leah is still with the terrorists, that’s why we’re appealing to the international community to help talk to Buhari. I think the United Kingdom, United States and their allies can help get the girl back home to us.”

Leah Sharibu was abducted three months before she turned 15 by Boko Haram along with 109 other schoolgirls on February 19, 2018.

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