Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari says arrangements for the safe return of the remaining Dapchi school girl, Leah Sharibu are being worked out. In his words, “Leah Sharibu will be reunited with her family as soon as any conclusions are reached on a number of options being considered for her safe transportation”.
Leah Sharibu was kidnapped from the Government Science Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe State on February 19, 2018 along with other girls who have since returned and reunited with their families. President Buhari explains that her imminent return to her family has unfortunately been hindered by the fear among Boko Haram terrorists. They are said to worry that heavy military presence in areas where they previously moved about freely could affect their safety after they return her to the government which is why a number of options are being considered for her safe transportation.
It will be recalled that the Nigerian Senate had only on Thursday called on the Presidency to expedite action on the rescue and safe return of Leah Sharibu who has remained in the custody of Boko Haram following her refusal to renounce her Christian faith. The motion was moved by Senator Shehu Sani from Kaduna State.
The President’s message is however contained in his statement to mark the 5th anniversary of the abduction of the Chibok school girls who were forcefully taken away from their dormitory by Boko Haram terrorists on April 14, 2014 in Borno State, North-East Nigeria. President Buhari who in his inauguration speech on May 29, 2015 promised to rescue the abducted Chibok girls said though 107 of the girls are back, he would not rest until the remaining 112 are also reunited with their families.
He congratulated one of the Chibok girls, Kauna Yaga Bitrus who has excelled beyond expectations and is soon to receive a special “Against All Odds Award” in her college in Maine, the United States of America. President Buhari also extends his best wishes to Chibok girls in other schools in Nigeria and around the world including the 106 girls sponsored by the Nigerian government to continue their studies at the American University of Nigeria, Yola, Adamawa State.
It is a weekend of global action by members of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement in four cities around the world to commemorate five years of the abduction of the Chibok school girls. The programme with the theme “The Agony of Chibok Girls: Shame of a Nation” kicked off in Lagos on Friday with a road march from the Falomo Roundabout.
The campaigners will hold special sit-out sessions on Saturday in Lagos and Abuja with a world press conference scheduled for Sunday, April 14 in the Nigerian capital. There will also be panel discussion to be hosted in London and an overnight vigil at the Nigerian Embassy in New York from 10pm on Sunday to 10am on Monday. An inter-faith vigil also holds on Sunday at the Falomo Roundabout in Lagos.