THE BringBacKOurGirls (BBOG) movement has asked the Federal Government to confirm or deny the claim of death of Leah Sharibu and Alice Lokshs with “’Proof of Life’ Video.”
The claim that Leah Sharibu, the sole remaining Dapchi schoolgirl of the 110 students abducted by Boko Haram on 19 February 2018, and Alice Loksha Ngaddah, an Aid Worker with UNICEF may be dead is extremely troubling, the BBOG said in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday.
The movement known for its advocacy for the release of abducted Chibok Secondary School girls said it was not satisfied with the assurances given by the spokesperson to the president, Garba Shehu that the government was in touch with the abductors.
Grace Taku, a recently abducted aid worker with Action Against Hunger, made this claim of Leah and Alice’s death in a ‘proof of life’ video released by the insurgents on Wednesday, July 24, 2019.
She stated that Leah and Alice were killed by the insurgents because of Federal Government’s inability to “do something”.
Not too satisfied with the government assurances which it said was full of innuendos, the BBOG called on President Muhammadu Buhari to provide an update to the people of Nigeria on the status of Leah Sharibu and Alice Loksha Ngaddah.
Among other requests, it want the president to confirm whether they are still alive and what is the Government under his leadership doing to secure their release from terrorist enclave that has lasted over 522 and 512 days respectively.
It also asked the president to facilitate what it called “belated justice of rescue to our 112 remaining Chibok girls who have been in captivity for 1,929 days and end the shame of his failure to keep promises made to ensure that all of them are rescued before December 31st 2015 – about four years ago.”
The movement said it remained resolute and determined to never cease demanding action for ‘our citizens’.
“The constitutional duty to uphold the dignity of life of all Nigerians must be performed by the Federal Government and President Muhammadu Buhari,” it said.
“As a citizens movement committed to keeping government accountable, we are not for turning until Leah, Alice, Grace, her five unnamed colleagues, Chibok girls, and other abducted citizens are rescued.”
Meanwhile, Rebecca Sharibu, Leah’s mother said she is hopeful that her daughter will return alive from Boko Haram captivity, adding that she looks forward to that day.