The father of Leah Sharibu, the remaining Dapchi Girl, Mr. Nathan Sharibu has confirmed the phone call of President Muhammadu Buhari to the family.
Mr. Sheribu who spoke with our correspondent on phone however disclosed as fake the news making rounds on the social media that his daughter was released from the hands of Boko Haram.
According to Mr. Sharibu, the President called Leah’s mother on Tuesday while she was in Jos, Plateau state on a visit and assured of the release of our daughter.
“I can confirm to you that the president called my wife and assured that our daughter Leah will be released very soon.
“That phone call has rekindled our hope for the freedom of our daughter especially considering the last threat that Boko Haram made in the video they released concerning her.
“We are grateful for the president and we pray that his commitment to secure the freedom of our daughter will be realized soonest. We as a family are also grateful to all Nigerian for their prayers and for you journalists. We cannot thank you enough for all your contributions during this trying time,” Mr. Nathan said.
Speaking on the rumour of Leah’s release Friday, Mr. Sharibu said; “I saw the news of Leah’s release on the internet. But that information is fake. It is our prayers that it should turn to out to be true”.
The Nation recalled that over one hundred school girls were kidnapped by the Boko Haram insurgents form Government Science Technical Secondary, Dapchi, Yobe State.
While majority of the girls were returned on the 21st March, 2018, Leah Sheribu, the only Christian among the girls was held back by the insurgents on the account of her defiance to renounce her faith.
Five of the girls however died in custody of the insurgents.
In the latest run of events, the insurgents in September 2018 threatened the Federal Government to come for Miss Sheribu’s freedom or risk her execution this month after releasing a gruesome video of the murder of the ICRC midwife that was kidnapped in Rann, Borno State.
Apparently, the threat has compelled the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari to make that all important call to the innocent girl.