The Federal Government of Nigeria should do everything within its powers to get Leah Sharibu and the remaining Chibock girls out of captivity. May we not experience religious war in Nigeria. We survived a near war situation in 1993 partly because it is a political upheaval. Religion is more fragile because it touches the hearts of people.
The statement below was made by those protesting against the killings in our country.
”We are demanding the immediate release of Leah. They want to turn this into a religious war. If the Federal Government does not act now and end this madness, Christians will rise up and defend themselves and Nigeria will be worse than Afghanistan, Mali and Rwanda,” he said Leah Sharibu, the only student of Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, still in Boko Haram custody, reportedly made an unsuccessful attempt to escape.
The insurgents abducted 110 students on February 19 and released them a month later, with the exception of Sharibu and five students who died in captivity.
She was held back for refusing to renounce her Christian faith.
Some of Sharibu’s schoolmates said while in custody, she had sneaked away with two other girls.
“We thought she was just going round the corner, but she sneaked out, along with Maryam and Amira (the other two classmates),” Aisha Ibiwa, one of the girls, told UK Guardian.
“They walked for three days, before meeting a family who rather than help them return to Dapchi, returned them to the Boko Haram militants,” she added.
Hajara Adamu, another of Leah’s friends, recalled: “The Fulani man (from the family) said to them, ‘so you are the missing girls that we’ve heard about on the radio.’ He gave them a jerrycan filled with cow’s milk and brought them back.
“Leah and her group weren’t flogged. They [Boko Haram] said it was because they had suffered a lot while trying to escape.”