President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday released a personal statement on Leah Shabiru, two years after at least 110 children were kidnapped in the town of Dapchi by Boko Haram Islamist terrorists from Northern Nigeria.
At least 107 children survived the ordeal. Today, all but one – Leah Sharibu – are returned to their families.
Now aged 16, Leah Shabiru remains in the hands of the terrorists because she refuses to renounce her Christian faith.
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In a personal statement he signed, President Buhari said he is working hard to get her released.
Read full statement by Buhari as sent to TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington DC
WE’LL CONTINUE TO SEEK AND SECURE RELEASE OF ALL CHILDREN AND CAPTIVES OF TERRORISTS – PRESIDENT BUHARI
On the second anniversary of Dapchi, Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria makes the following statement:
“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 as 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,