Leah Sharibu's Mother, others protest in UK, petition PM

By AdvocateNews on 21/02/2020

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A group of Nigerians has staged a protest at the premises of the Nigerian High Commission in the United Kingdom, calling on the British government to put pressure on President  Muhammadu Buhari to secure the release of Leah Sharibu.

During the protest, which followed a prayer session, a petition with 12,132 signatures was lodged by Rebecca Sharibu, with a member of the UK Parliament, Baroness Caroline Cox, calling on the Nigerian government to take action to secure her daughter’s freedom.

The protesters led by the Executive Director of International Organisations for Peace and Social Justice, Pastor Ayo Adedoyin, carried placards with inscriptions such as ‘Two years in captivity, negotiate her release now’, ‘held because of her faith, Free Leah’, and ‘Still here, still waiting for action’.

Leah Sharibu was one of the 110 female students of Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, who had been held in captivity since February 19, 2018, by Boko Haram terrorists on account of her Christian faith.

The spokesperson for the Sharibu family and senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Jos, Dr Gloria Samdi Puldu, shared the details of the protest, including videos and photographs. 

According to her, the protest was to commemorate the two years of the abduction of Leah Sharibu by Boko Haram insurgents.

The UNIJOS don, who is the Executive Director of Leah Foundation, said Rebecca Sharibu pleaded with the UK authorities to “put pressure on President Buhari who was visiting their country to fulfil the promise he made to her to bring home Leah and all others in captivity.”

She said, “February 19 marks two years of the abduction of Dapchi girls and Leah Sharibu the only remaining girl in captivity turns two years in captivity. Rebecca Sharibu is with me at present in the United Kingdom to appeal to the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to put pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfil the various promises that he had made to secure Leah’s release on several occasions.

“Rebecca met with Baroness Caroline Cox on February 18 who assured her that she will take her message to UK Parliament. Cox explained that she had been on the Nigerian case for quite some time.

“Rebecca Sharibu attended a number of activities including a prayer vigil organised by Pastor Adedoyin with Leah Foundation, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, and Open Doors both in the UK on February 19, marking two years of her daughter’s abduction.

“At the prayer vigil in front of the premises of the Nigerian High Commission UK, she was with a petition with 12,132 signatures calling on the Nigerian government to take action to secure Leah’s release.

“The signatures gathered by the CSW U.K. were delivered by Rebecca Sharibu and accompanied by myself, CSW Chief Executive, Mervyn Thomas, and Pastor Adedoyin with other protesters in attendance. Rebecca, in tears, continued her appeal that Leah has spent two years in captivity and the family does not know her situation or condition.

“Rebecca further stated that they do not have a proof to show that Leah is alive or that the rumours of Leah giving birth is true or not since they only see reports in the (social) media only.”

According to her, Leah’s mother called on all to continue to pray for her daughter and thanked the global community for the support and encouragement they had received.

Posted 21/02/2020 02:38:48 AM


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