Critical Times News : YOBE: Leah's father debunks report of his daughter's release

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YOBE: Leah's father debunks report of his daughter's release


The Christian Association of Nigeria has called on all churches in the country to pray for the freedom of Leah Sharibu from the captivity of the Boko Haram terrorists on this year’s Good Friday, March 30.

The organisation also reminded the Federal Government and the security agencies of the need to free Leah and other captives from the captivity of the Boko Haram terrorists.

The President of CAN, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, in a statement by his Special Assistant, (Media & Communications), Deacon Adebayo Oladeji, obtained by The PUNCH on Wednesday in Jos, said the call for prayer for the release of Leah was in line with the Passion Week when Jesus Christ, with passion, willingly went to the cross in order to pay for the sins of the world.

CAN also called on all Christians to use the Passion Week to pray for the country “to be free from all forces of darkness and for those who have lost their relations or property during the recent terror and herdsmen attacks.”

The father of Leah, the only Dapchi schoolgirl still being held by the Boko Haram terrorists, Mr. Nathan Sharibu, on Saturday, debunked reports that his daughter had been released.

Sharibu, speaking with Punch, described the purported release of Leah as an imagination.

Leah was among the 110 girls abducted by Boko Haram on February 19 in Dapchi, Yobe State.

About 104 of the girls had since returned after insurgents refused to release Leah on the ground that she refused to renounce her Christian faith.

However, reports emerged on Friday night from online platforms, quoting BBC Hausa Service that Leah had regained her freedom and was on her way to reunite with her parents.

But speaking on the development, Sharibu dismissed the rumour and urged those behind the story to stop creating confusion with fake news of Leah’s release.

He said, “Leah is not back yet, but we are praying and hoping that God will grant her freedom someday.

“I want to appeal to social media handlers to stop confusing us with fake news about Leah’s release.
“I know the traffic they generate with headlines about Leah, but such headlines should be authentic and not mere rumour.”

Secretary of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls parents’ association, Mallam Bukar Kachalla, also appealed to the government to hasten up. He described Leah’s reported release as diversionary.

He further called on the Federal Government to hasten the process of Leah’s return so that she could be reunited with her parents.

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