After several weeks of reports claiming that Leah Sharibu is dead, the Federal Government has denied the reports saying she is still alive.
Leah,Sharibu was among girls of the Government Girls Science and Technical Secondary School, Dapchi in Yobe state, kidnapped by a faction of Boko Haram terrorists in February 2018.
The terrorists refused to free her after they set her colleagues abducted with her free on the grounds that she failed to denounce her Christian faith.
Senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, however, denied the reports of Sharibu’s death during a chat with newsmen in Abuja on Saturday. According to him, the government is not giving up on negotiations for her release.
“Instead of giving up, the government is carrying forward processes that should hopefully yield her release by her captors. Lines of communications remain open with the kidnappers, ISWAP, to secure the release of Leah Sharibu.
“Contrary to false reports, she is alive – given assurances from our security agencies-, and the government is committed to her safe return, as well as all other hostages to their families.
“Kidnapping for ransom should never be encouraged. This means not capitulating to the demands of terrorists: refrain from rewarding their heinous crimes with payment.
“With the abduction of loved family and friends, the government understands how difficult these times are for them, but the government is pursuing many options to ensure the safe return of Leah Sharibu.” he said.