Christians demand release of Leah Sharibu … Dapchi Christian girl held by Boko Haram

The Congress of Northern Nigeria Christians (CNNC) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to rescue Leah Sharibu, the only Christian girl yet to be released by Boko Haram militants after the Dapchi schoolgirls’ abduction.
A spokesman for the group, Larry Yammai, said at a briefing in Kaduna that while it shared the joy with the parents of the other Dapchi girls over the release of their daughters last week, there was concern for the remaining Christian girl still in captivity.While we rejoice that almost all the girls have been released, we are heavily saddened that our daughter, Miss Leah Sharibu is still been held because of her faith,’ the spokesman said.
‘The truth is very obvious that the destruction project of Boko Haram is very much targeted at Christians. CNNC strongly condemns this evil tendency and urges president Buhari to urgently intervene for the immediate release of this young girl.’
Leah is being kept in custody because of her ongoing failure to renounce her Christian faith.
The spokesman said the group appreciated the efforts of the Buhari government so far, but demanded that the remaining Chibok girls and other victims be released without delay. ‘It is ironical that the detained terrorists are being released in greater numbers in the name of de-radicalisation while their captives are still being held,’ he said.
The Dapchi girls were the latest to be held by Boko Haram after the terrorist group separately kidnapped 276 female students from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, in April 2014, with some being released, most recently in January this year.
Meanwhile Mr. Nathaniel Sharibu, a Police Officer and father of Miss Leah Sharibu, the 15-year old Dapchi schoolgirl still being held captive by Boko Haram for her refusal to convert to Islam, has pleaded with the Federal Government and all Nigerians to ensure the release of his daughter before the Easter celebrations.
In a brief telephone interview with Vanguard Newspaper, Mr. Sharibu, a member of Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA, narrated their ordeal since February 19 when the 110 Dapchi schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram, saying: “I really have nothing much to say now except that Leah is not yet back to join the rest of the family.
“Till now I have not heard anything and no authority has told me anything about the whereabouts of Leah.  Only my loved ones were calling to congratulate me that my daughter is on the way home.  But until now I have not seen anything yet,” he stated.
Asked about the state of health of the mother, the man, who had relocated to Dapchi from his Yola posting, said:  “The mother is getting better now, knowing well that the nation and the whole world are praying for the safe return of her daughter.
“She fainted earlier when the daughter’s classmates were returned on Wednesday.”
He said he is an indigene of Hong council of Adamawa State, posted to Yobe, but now stationed in Yola from where he comes to Dapchi to see his wife and three children.
Asked how he feels that his first daughter is still in captivity of Boko Haram, he said:  “I am feeling so sad and very weak.
“Right now the school is not functioning.  It’s very said if we are going to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ without Leah.
“It will be very unfortunate but I know that with the prayers going on across the globe I believe she will join us soon.

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