Efforts are on to effect the release of Leah Sharibu, one of the Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram members about five years ago in Borno State.
Sharibu was abducted alongside hundreds of other girls. While many of them were released, Sharibu was denied exit because of her refusal to denounce her Christianity.
The hope for Sharibu rejoining her family was rekindled by Women’s Affairs Minister, Mrs Dame Pauline Tallen. She disclosed this when she was rendering the scorecard of the Buhari administration since in 2015.
The minister said, “I have been supporting them in whatever way that is possible. I can tell you that any request for support to the family of Leah that I put before Mr President to remember the family, he approves. I have pictures of the helicopter and the security Mr President gave to me to go and see the family.
“Leah Sharibu’s family is not in Chibok but when we got to Chibok, we made arrangements for them to meet us at the Nigerian Airforce Base in Yola and we met and discussed with them as directed by Mr President.
“We are doing our best to free the remaining girls who are still with the terrorists. As a mother, my heart is with them. We feel for them and all Nigerian woman are praying for them day and night. Mr President is mindful of what they are going through. All Hands must be on deck to free them. Security issue is not just Mr President’s issue. Neither is it only my issue or the minister of information’s issue.
“Security is everybody’s business. When you see something, say something. I pray that Nigerians will be sincere enough to support our security chiefs with the right information for us to get these girls. I am touched as a mother. This is a season that we should show love and remember those in captivity. Our prayers are with them and I know that very soon God will release these children.”