The celebrated Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, who was denied her freedom after the federal government negotiated the release of her colleagues abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists, turned 15 years on Thursday.
Thursday also makes it 200 days that Sharibu has been held captive by the Boko Haram insurgents against her will. The insurgents had refused to free her alongside her colleagues because she declined their request for her to deny her faith and convert to Islam.
As part of events to celebrate her birthday, personalities around the world have been staging protests and calling for her unconditional release. Most of the people have called on the President Muhammadu Buhari to negotiate her release.
[penci_blockquote style=”style-2″ align=”none” author=””]“President Muhammadu Buhari, you should do everything within your power. Don’t try to use that to score political points and then keep her and then maybe release her when it’s time for the elections. Let her go now,” [/penci_blockquote]
Former Special Assistant to Ex- President Goodluck Jonathan took his protest to the streets of London where he led a protest at the Nigeria’s High Commission in London to demand Sharibu’s release.
Speaking in London, Omokri urged the Nigerian government to negotiate her release, pointing out that the insurgent group had released an audio to show that she is alive,
He appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari not to use the kidnap of Leah to score cheap political points.
“President Muhammadu Buhari, you should do everything within your power. Don’t try to use that to score political points and then keep her and then maybe release her when it’s time for the elections. Let her go now,” Omokri said.
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He slammed the terrorist group for the continuous detention of Leah, noting that the act is “anti-Islam and anti-Quran”.
“What you are doing is wrong; it is anti-Islam, anti-Quran. Release Leah Sharibu,” Omakri said.
The former presidential aide affirmed that he had spoken with Leah’s mother, Rebecca Sharibu, who, he said, thanked Nigerians for their support and pleaded with the Nigerian government to ensure her daughter’s release.