The mother of Leah Sharibu, Rebecca, has told the United States of America to either intervene directly or press the Nigerian government to secure the release of the abducted girl. Rebecca, who spoke to a panel discussion on persecutions in Nigeria hosted by a think tank group, Heritage Foundation in the United States, last week, insisted that she has not heard from the Nigerian government in months about the effort to secure the release of her daughter. Leah, who turned 16 in May, has been held by a faction of Boko Haram since February 2018. She was abducted with 111 other students of the Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State in February, 2018. In a video obtained by our correspondent of the panel discussion, Rebecca, who could not hold her tears when she was called out said: “I am here standing pleading on the government of United States to please help me! Please help me bring my daughter back. I need my daughter.” Rebecca, who was later helped out by a woman described as her friend and interpreter, Dr. Gloria Puldu, said she was not sure that the Nigerian government was still serious about rescuing Leah. Puldu stated: “And what she said at the beginning is to plead with your government to please pressure our government because our government seems unable to secure her release and we are pleading with you to please call on our government or to step in and do something.
I am glad that we have gotten this opportunity to come and just call on all of you. We know that President Donald Trump can do something about it. Your administrators can do something about it. All of you seated here can do something about it. Our government should be held responsible. Boko Haram has being raging all over the North Eastern part. We women and girls are going through hell. And Leah, which is a common name now, is what we are using to stand now to say Please pressure our government, help us.
We are out here. She is crying; just one thing, her daughter should be set free.” Puldu said: “We stand here with Rebecca Sharibu, the mother of Leah Sharibu. Her daughter was abducted on February 19, 2018 and she is still in captivity.
We have tried the best we could to get the attention of our Federal Government and even the state and local government to ensure that Leah Sharibu is released. But up till today, Leah has not been released. She is still in captivity. October last year, we held a press conference calling on the Federal Government to kindly do their best to ensure that Leah Sharibu is released because we have never heard any of government official visiting the parents to condone with them and to tell them anything concerning their daughter since she was abducted alongside 110 girls.”
She acknowledged that President Mohammadu Buhari had spoken to Rebecca on the phone through the Plateau State governor. She added: “Since October when the President spoke to her, we have not heard anything from the government. After two weeks of the President speaking with her, we got the attention of three ministers that he sent to Dapchi, which is the first official government people that came to see them in Dapchi. But after that one, we never heard anything again.”
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