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Presidency Gives Latest Update On Leah Sharibu

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The Presidency on Saturday revealed that Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi schoolgirl still held by Boko Haram, is still alive while the federal government continue to negotiate her release.

This was revealed in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

He assured Nigerians that President Buhari will not give up on Sharibu, the only Dapchi girl Boko Haram refused to release because she refused to renounce her Christian faith.

The presidential spokesperson disclosed that government is carrying forward processes that should hopefully yield her release by the insurgents.

Garba Shehu said “Lines of communications remain open with the kidnappers, ISWAP, to secure the release of Leah Sharibu.

‘‘Contrary to false reports, she is alive – given assurances from our security agencies- and the government is committed to her safe return, as well as all other hostages to their families.

“Kidnapping for ransom should never be encouraged. This means not capitulating to the demands of terrorists: refrain from rewarding their heinous crimes with payment.

“With the abduction of a loved family (members) and friends, the government understands how difficult these times are for them, but the government is pursuing many options to ensure the safe return of Leah Sharibu.

“We must commit to law and communication, using the breadth of strategies at our disposal: legal initiatives, stakeholder cooperation, involvement of all relevant parties and the use of the latest hostage negotiation techniques.

“Kidnapping for ransom is rising across the Sahel. We must – collectively – make sure we implement best practice to prevent its exploitation.”



Ogbolu George is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Benin. He loves politics, is a movie addict and a die-hard Arsenal fan. George is a Senior Content Creator at Naija News.