By Peter Jene
A group of Nigerians living in the United State of America have added their voices to the growing call on the Buhari presidency to secure the immediate release from Boko Haram captivity, Leah Sharibu, the lone christian schoolgirl who refused to renounce her faith one year ago.
The Buhari Presidency appears to have abandoned Leah Sharibu in captivity, just like the terrorist group which claimed to keep her when they released the other Dapchi schoolgirls, because of her faith.
The group, Nigerians In Diaspora Organization America (NIDOA) USA, in a statement by its Board Chairman, Ms Patience Key, said “it is disheartening that Sharibu is still being held in captivity by the Boko Haram terrorist group after one year”.
“NIDOA USA remembers and is deeply saddened by the predicament of Leah Sharibu,” the statement said.
“We call on the Nigerian government, Nigerians and the international community to unequivocally and forcefully denounce the continued captivity of Leah Sharibu, and to do everything in their power to secure her unconditional release.”
NIDOA USA condemns all forms of terrorist atrocities, and and unequivocally denounces the practices of targeting schools and attacking children”, it said.
“At no time and under no circumstance should a child, or any human being, ever be subjected to such brutal and inhumane violence and terror.
NIDOA USA said it regretted that Feb. 19 marked one year that Sharibu had been held captive because of her refusal to renounce her faith.
“NIDOA USA, Nigeria and the international community must continue to insist on Leah Sharibu’s unconditional release, and ensure she returns and reunites with her heartbroken parents.
“We condemn the activities of Boko Haram terrorists and any group involved in the devaluation of life and rights of Nigerians.”
Leah Sharibu was abducted on Feb. 19, 2018, alongside 109 other children by Boko Haram terrorists during an attack on the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe.