By Bayode Sipasi
Nathan Sharibu, father of Leah, the abducted Dapchi girl still in Boko Haram captivity, has pleaded with the Federal Government to speed up the rescue of his daughter from Boko Haram’s captivity.
Also, The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), called on government, security agencies to ensure that she is rescued back home to her parents in peace.
These were at the sidelines of one year anniversary of the Dapchi abduction. On the night of February 19, 2018, 14-year-old Leah along with 110 other girls and a schoolboy were kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists from her school, the Government Girls Science and Technical Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe State.
While the others were released about a month later, one year now, Leah is still in captivity despite several protests and efforts by government and stakeholders in the education sector.
Speaking yesterday on TVC early morning news programme in a telephone conversation, Nathan pleaded with government to do everything possible to rescue Leah, adding that the situation was weighing him down.
“The Federal Government assured me that this administration would do its best to rescue my daughter. Besides that, President Muhammadu Buhari sent two ministers to my house in Dapchi, Yobe State to assure us that all that she would return home safely.
“Since then, I have not heard anything from the Federal Government again. The other bodies that have been deeply concerned about the development are only the churches and Muslims that are trying their possible best. The government has been silent on this issue. I am only pleading with government as I always do that they should do their possible best to see that my daughter returns safely.
“She is still a young girl and all of us have children in our homes. You can imagine my situation since then. Government supposed to do something urgently. Today is one year that she has been in captive.”
Reverend Samuel Ayokunle, the CAN President, called on Nigerians to pray for her safety while in the Boko Haram’s captivity.
In a statement, he said CAN has met with President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene on how Leah can be rescued.
“It is reprehensible, wicked, ungodly and condemnable that this innocent girl is being persecuted because of her faith. Every opportunity CAN leadership has to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari is being used to prevail on his government to get her released. There was even two occasions when the terrorists reportedly signalled their readiness to release Leah, if the government is ready to pay her ransom, but there was nothing being done in this regard.
“All that were returned were said to be set free on the payment of the ransom though this was denied, but nobody buys the denial. And even if no kobo was paid and now the terrorists are willing to negotiate, what sacrifice is too much to get her free?
“We once again call on the government and all security agencies to wake up from their slumber. A government that cannot protect the citizens is a failed government,” it said. n,context:”ins