The family of Leah Sharibu has reacted to the report of the teenage girl having a baby with a Boko Haram commander.
In a report by The Punch, a senior lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Jos, Dr. Gloria Puldu, who speaks for the family, said all they want is to have Leah home alive, with or without a baby.
Some media reports had earlier reported that Leah had a baby for a Boko Haram commander in Niger Republic and that she would have been released some months ago but for her pregnancy.
Dismissing the reports, Puldu said,
“I have seen reports that Leah had a baby boy. That is just a rumour as far as we are concerned. What we even desire is to see a proof of life so that we see Leah by ourselves. If they are able to have Leah safe, we will understand.
“The most important thing is that we want her to be alive. And if she is alive, we will praise God for that. They should release her, despite whatever condition she is in. That is all; it doesn’t matter whether she is pregnant or with a baby. Is it not better to have your child alive? So, it doesn’t matter, all we are interested in is her life and safety.”
Puldu also noted that they had unconfirmed information that Leah was still alive.
“I spoke with Jennifer, who was in Boko Haram captivity, last Monday or Tuesday. I was able to speak with her one-on-one and she told us that she did not see Leah in captivity, but she was with Alison Gada, who informed her that Leah was alive, healthy and not dead.”