The only Dapchi schoolgirl in the custody of Boko Haram group, Leah Sharibu, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to help her regain freedom in audio clip published by TheCable on Monday.
In the clip, the 15-year-old who has been in captivity for six months also sought help for her family.
“I am Leah Sharibu, the girl that was abducted in GGSS Dapchi. I am calling on the government, particularly, the President to pity me and get me out of this serious situation,” she said in Hausa.
The schoolgirl added, “I also plead to the members of the public to help my mother, my father, my younger brother and relatives. Kindly help me out of my predicament.
“I am calling on the government and people of goodwill to intervene to get me out of my current situation. I am begging you to treat me with compassion. Thank you.”
Leah, one of the over 100 schoolgirls abducted in February from the Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi in Yobe State, was kept in captivity by the terrorists reportedly for refusing to renounce Christianity.
She was the only Christian among the girls.
Following the abduction, the Federal Government said it was going with the option of negotiation to ensure the Dapchi girls regain their freedom rather than the use of military force.
This led to the release of the girls (except Leah) who were brought back to the community by the terrorists in March after spending four weeks in captivity.
But Leah’s continued stay in the terrorists’ captivity sparked a widespread criticism, although the government said it was making efforts to ensure her safe return.
Contrary to the claims that no money was paid for the release of the other Dapchi schoolgirls, the United Nations said they were returned “in exchange for a large ransom payment.”
A report released by the UN in mid-August also accused some non-governmental organisations of sending funds to Boko Haram and other local terrorist groups in the West African region.
The parents of Leah Sharibu have confirmed the voice in an audio message as their daughter’s.
Leah’s audio message was published yesterday by “The Cable” online news platform with her recent picture in which she is wearing a brown hijab and sitting on a mat.
The parents of Leah to confirm the veracity of the voice and both were in agreement that it is their daughter’s.
In the last seven months, there have been doubts as to whether she was still alive as well as whether she was still holding on to her Christian faith.
Meanwhile, the Presidency, on Monday, confirmed it was aware of the audio recording in which Leah Sharibu, the remaining Dapchi schoolgirl held captive by a faction of the Boko Haram, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to help free her.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, revealed this via his Twitter handle that the Department of State Services (DSS) was investigating the clip and the Federal Government would work on the outcome of the investigation.Do you ever witness anything interesting or exciting? Just take out your phone and send us the exclusive pictures or video and we will pay you cash. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include location, date, involved persons or why it is important and other details.