Leah Sharibu not dead —Presidency

Leah Sharibu not dead —Presidency

The Presidency has denied social media reports that Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi schoolgirl still held by Boko Haram, is dead. It said Miss Sharibu is alive, adding that the Federal Government has opened a channel of negotiation towards her release from the terrorist group. The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and

The Presidency has denied social media reports that Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi schoolgirl still held by Boko Haram, is dead.

LEAH SHARIBU IN BOKO HARAM CAPTIVITY

It said Miss Sharibu is alive, adding that the Federal Government has opened a channel of negotiation towards her release from the terrorist group.

The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in a statement he issued on Saturday in Abuja.

Shehu assured Nigerians that the government would not give up on Sharibu, a Christian, who was denied freedom by the terrorist group because of her faith.

He stated, ‘‘Instead of giving up, the government is carrying forward processes that should hopefully yield her release by her captors.”

He stressed that she was alive, Shehu added, “Lines of communications remain open with the kidnappers, ISWAP, to secure the release of Leah Sharibu.

“Kidnapping for ransom should never be encouraged. This means not capitulating to the demands of terrorists: refrain from rewarding their heinous crimes with payment.

“With the abduction of loved family (members) and friends, the government understands how difficult these times are for them, but government is pursuing many options to ensure the safe return of Leah Sharibu.

“We must commit to law and communication, using the breadth of strategies at our disposal: legal initiatives, stakeholder cooperation, involvement of all relevant parties and the use of the latest hostage negotiation techniques.

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“Kidnapping for ransom is rising across the Sahel. We must – collectively – make sure we implement best practice to prevent its exploitation”, he said.

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