Written by Edrina EMMANUEL

48 days of captivity NCWS calls for Leah release


The National Council for Women’s Societies, NCWS, has joined millions of Nigerians to urge President Muhammedu Buhari to do everything possible to ensure the release of Leah Sharibu, the only Dapchi school girl yet to be released by Boko Haram terrorists after 48 days in captivity. 

Mrs. Gloria Shoda, president of NCWS, made the appeal in Abuja stating that though the Federal Government’s rapid response ensured the release of 104 other female students was very commendable, but the delay in releasing the only Christian girl was becoming very worrisome.

Recall that 110 female students from Government Girls Science and Technical College, GGSTC, in Dapchi, Yobe were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents on Feb. 19, 2018. 

The insurgents released 104 of them to their families and school authorities on March 21 after they had spent one month and two days with their abductors. 

They, however, kept Leah Sharibu in their custody alleging that she refused to convert from Christianity to Islam. 

According to the council, it’s been 47 days since the release of 104 girls but no news of Leah Sharibu, stressing that as mothers, the council is worried not knowing what her condition is and Nigerian women are praying for her safe return. 

"I want to believe that we all have freedom of worship. For a girl of 15 years to continuously be held captive for holding on to her faith is a worrisome and I fear for this country. We are not forgetting the over 200 Chibok girls that were abducted in 2014 and over a 100 are yet to be released. 

"This is not good for our country. We as citizens should have faith in our government to ensure our security but this have not been the case in recent times. We are calling on government at all levels to work hard to ensure the release of our daughters", she stated. 








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