LEAH Sharibu, the only girl remaining in Boko Haram custody, out of the 119 secondary schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorist group from Dapchi, Yobe State, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take pity on her and rescue her from captivity.
This is according to a report by Ahmad Salkida, a journalist who has covered the Boko Haram insurgency extensively. According to the report, which was published by TheCable on Monday, Sharibu made the plea in a recently released audio clip which, according to Salkida’s sources, is a proof of life to show that by Boko Haram to show that Sharibu is alive and in good health.
All of the kidnapped Dapchi girls, but six, were later released after negotiations between the Federal Government and Boko Haram, but Sharibu was detained allegedly because she refused to renounce Christianity and embrace Islam. Five others had died in captivity.
In the audio clip, Sharibu, speaking in Hausa language, pleaded with Nigerians to help her parents and family members, while urging President Buhari to rescue her.
“I am Leah Sharibu, the girl that was abducted in GGSS Dapchi. I am calling on the government and people of goodwill to intervene to get me out of my current situation,” she said.
“I also plead to the members of the public to help my mother, my father, my younger brother and relatives. Kindly help me out of my predicament. I am begging you to treat me with compassion, I am calling on the government, particularly, the president to pity me and get me out of this serious situation. Thank you.”
Listen to the audio clip here:
Also released alongside the video clip, is what appeared to be a recent picture of Sharibu, dressed in a hijab and seated on a cloth spread on the ground.
President Buhari, on several occasions, has promised that his administration will do all it could to ensure that Sharibu is released and reunited with his parents.
The Dapchi girls were kidnapped on February 19, and released a month later, on March 21.
The federal government said no money was paid and no Boko Haram prisoner was released in exchange for the girls, but a recent UN Security Council report stated otherwise. “In Nigeria, 111 schoolgirls from the town of Dapchi were kidnapped on 18 February 2018 and released by ISWAP on 21 March 2018 in exchange for a large ransom payment,” the report read.