With Leah Sharibu still in Boko Haram captivity two years after her abduction while 107 of her school mates were returned to their families, President Buhari writes reassuring Nigerians of the commitment of his administration to ensure her safe return and that of all children and other captives irrespective of their faith.
There are confirmed reports that Leah Sharibu has been delivered of a baby in Boko Haram captivity.
Below is the text of President Buhari’s message personally signed by him:
WE’LL CONTINUE TO SEEK AND SECURE RELEASE OF ALL CHILDREN AND CAPTIVES OF TERRORISTS – PRESIDENT BUHARI
Two years ago, 110 innocent children from the town of Dapchi were taken, against their will, by the terrorists of Boko Haram. 107 survived the ordeal. Today all but one – Leah Sharibu – are returned to their families.
Now aged 16, Leah remains in the hands of the terrorists – they say because she refuses to renounce her Christian faith.
We say, as the government for and of all Nigerians, that no person has the right to force another to change their faith against their will and that all life is sacred.
This government continues and seeks to secure the release of all children and captives of terrorists – and we do so regardless of their creed or the name of their creator.
As we redouble our efforts for Leah’s return, we can never allow the terrorists to divide us – Christian against Muslim, Muslim against Christian. We are all Sons of Abraham. And all Nigerians have the same worth and rights before the law, and before God.
President and Commander-in Chief,
Federal Republic of Nigeria,
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