The Nigerian government has been called upon to speed up the process of ensuring the release of kidnapped Dapchi school girl, Leah Sharibu.
The Founder of Gideon and Fumni Para-malam Peace Foundation, Reverend Gideon Para-malam made the call in Abuja while speaking with Voice of Nigeria.
He said that four hundred and fifty days in captivity is not fun and can be depressing.
Rev. Para-Malam noted that various foundations in Nigeria have been working to keep hope alive for Leah and her family.
The fact that we offer to come together, to think together, to reflect together, to act together, suggests there is hope. Ultimate hope only God can guarantee and only God can offer. But as human beings, we need to continue hoping that one day, Leah Sheribu will be set free, Rev Para-Malam said.
On the recent effort by the Nigerian government which led to the release of Zainab Ibrahim from death row by the Saudi Arabian authority, Rev. Para-Malam, said that the situation is different.
The cases are slightly different. The government of Nigeria needed to deal with a constituted authority, a government of another nation to negotiate somebody who was on a death row as it were. So, there’s somebody you can talk to. Somebody you can reach out to directly. It’s not exactly the case with the issue of Leah. But we are aware that the government has reached out to those who have kept Leah. What we are concerned about is that is that the government needs to do more in order to get Leah Sheribu released. That’s where we are going to, he added.
Rev Para-Malam also thanked all the partners of the foundation who are making efforts to ensure her release which he said gives Leah’s parents hope
Leah Sharibu is one of the One-hundred and ten school girls kidnapped by members of boko haram from their school in Dapchi, Yobe State, in north-east Nigeria, on February 19, 2018, other kidnapped girls were released except Leah Sharibu, for refusing to denounce her Christian faith.
Source: Voice of Nigeria