Shortly after we reported earlier today that Leah Sharibu, who was one of the girls kidnapped from the Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, on February 19, celebrated her 15th birthday today in captivity, her father Sharibu Nathan, has accused the Federal Government of keeping quiet over her continuous captivity.
According to the aggrieved father, his family is sad and confused that nothing has been done or said by the local, state and federal government to secure the release of their daughter.
In a live programme on radio Monday, Leah Sharibu’s father said;
“It is very sad and the family is very weak. The mother was even crying this morning because today is her birthday. She is 15 years old today and we are very sad about her absence.”
On the kind of support the family has received from the government, community and colleagues, Nathan said: “To be honest, I have not received any support from the government but from the community and church members. I thank God because they have been encouraging me, lifting me through their prayers, visitation and words of advice.”
“I have not heard anything from federal, state and local government since my daughter was abducted. I am even confused now.
“I need your assistance to put pressure on the federal government to do something about the release of my daughter.”
It is now almost two months since the Nigerian government negotiated the release of the 105 abducted Dapchi girls. A month after their abduction, the federal government secured the release of 105 of the girls, following what was described by the Director-General of the State Security Service Lawal Daura as a series of ‘behind-the-scene discussion.’
Like the news about their abduction, controversial figures of the number of released girls emanated from official authorities in government, till a final information revealed the total number of freed girls to be 105. Miss Leah Sharibu, who would have been the 106th girl to be freed, was left behind for refusing to denounce her Christian faith.
The remaining four kidnapped girls were reported to have died at the hands of their captors, who entered freely into Dapchi town on March 21 to return the freed girls.