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Buhari paying lip service to my daughter’s release – Leah Sharibu’s mother

Mother of Leah Sharibu, the detained Dapchi school-girl remaining in custody of Boko Haram terrorists, Mrs. Rebecca Sharibu, is currently London to meet the British Prime Minister on her daughter’s case.

Mrs. Rebecca Sharibu who spoke in an interview with the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), in London, said that President Muhammadu Buhari was not serious about securing the release of her daughter.

She, however, said she was in London to seek the assistance of the British Government to free her daughter from the terrorists’ captivity.

According to Mrs. Sharibu in the interview monitored, in Kaduna, on Thursday, President Buhari did not contact her family until seven months after the abduction of their daughter.

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She also lamented that, after the President contacted her, and sent down three Ministers, assuring her that Leah was going to be released soon, nothing else else had been said to her by the President.

She, however, said it was against that background that she decided to visit London to lay her complaints and seek the British government’s help.

In her words,  “I have come to Britain to lay my complaints, I need their help. They should help me, I will like my daughter to be freed from captivity.

“My daughter was abducted among others by Boko Haram terrorists, it was seven months later that President Muhammadu Buhari called me. Since their abduction in February, it was seven months later that he called me.

“When he called me, he told me that my daughter would return, that she would not stay long.

“Two weeks later, he sent three ministers to our house and they corroborated what Mr. President had told me. The ministers reiterated that Leah would be returned to me, shortly.

“The Ministers said they were in my house to reassure me that my daughter would soon return. But since that day, I never heard anything again from the government.

“My major worry now is for the government to do whatever possible and free my daughter from captivity.

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“Because, I am seriously disturbed, but there is nothing I can do. If the government is doing nothing, what can I an ordinary citizen do?” she said.

She, however, commended a non-governmental organisation, Leah Foundation, established in honour of her daughter, saying that the Foundation had been of great assistance to her family.

She also disclosed that the Foundation assisted the family in towards making her trip to London a reality.

She continued, “Leah Foundation is helping us by sponsoring some girls, even my trip to London, they assisted. Recently, we were assisted by them,” she said.