Leah’s par­ents marked New Year in tears –As­so­ciate

The Punch - - NEWS - Fri­day Olokor, Abuja

While many Nige­ri­ans were cel­e­brat­ing the New Year, it was a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence for the par­ents of leah Sharibu, her mother’s friend and se­nior lec­turer in the Depart­ment of Po­lit­i­cal Science, Univer­sity of Jos, Dr Glo­ria Puldu, has stated.

Ac­cord­ing to her, leah’s par­ents, Nathan and Re­becca Sharibu, never ex­pected that their daugh­ter would en­ter the New Year in Boko haram cap­tiv­ity.

leah Sharibu was one of the 110 fe­male pupils of the Gov­ern­ment Girls’ Science and Tech­ni­cal Col­lege, Dapchi, Yobe

State, ab­ducted on Fe­bru­ary 19, 2018 by Boko haram ter­ror­ists.

The fam­ily of leah Sharibu had re­sorted to prayers over the de­mand of N100bn ran­som by the Boko haram in­sur­gents from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

Crit­i­cisms have con­tin­ued to trail the per­ceived luke­warm at­ti­tude of the gov­ern­ment to­wards the plight of leah Sharibu and other Boko haram cap­tives.

Puldu told The PUNCH that leah’s mother broke down again in tears on New Year’s eve over the gov­ern­ment’s at­ti­tude to­wards leah’s de­ten­tion.

The UNIJOS lec­turer spoke in re­sponse to en­quiries on how leah Sharibu’s par­ents cel­e­brated the tran­si­tion to the New Year with­out their daugh­ter.

She said, “For Re­becca and Nathan Sharibu, it is an­other very sad mo­ment for them as par­ents. en­ter­ing a New Year is very scary for them as they do not want their daugh­ter, leah. to clock two years in cap­tiv­ity.

“it is a very gloomy day for the en­tire fam­ily and Re­becca wept un­con­trol­lably. She said she feared to think that an­other Fe­bru­ary 19 was around the cor­ner, know­ing that the Nige­rian gov­ern­ment had failed to keep the prom­ises.

“She is ac­tu­ally bro­ken and dis­ap­pointed at Pres­i­dent Buhari, who per­son­ally gave her his word through a tele­phone call in Septem­ber 2018, as­sur­ing her that leah would soon be home as ne­go­ti­a­tions for her re­lease were al­ready tak­ing place.

“how long will this ne­go­ti­a­tion con­tinue? When­ever the gov­ern­ment is pres­sured (both home and abroad) about the re­lease of leah, they claim that gov­ern­ment is ne­go­ti­at­ing for her re­lease and that she will soon be home but up till now, Jan­uary 2020, leah is still held in cap­tiv­ity. For how long will this fam­ily con­tinue be­ing trau­ma­tised?”

Re­becca had sent a Christ­mas mes­sage to her daugh­ter but ex­pressed un­hap­pi­ness that she was not with the fam­ily to cel­e­brate the Yule­tide.

Re­becca Sharibu, in a short video re­leased ex­clu­sively to The PUNCH by 12am on De­cem­ber 25, 2019 through the leah Foun­da­tion, pleaded with those who had been hold­ing her daugh­ter cap­tive to please pity the fam­ily and grant her free­dom.

Re­becca Sharibu, in the one minute, 25 sec­onds video, said, “i am the mother of leah Sharibu, who was ab­ducted since Fe­bru­ary 19, 2018. We are al­ways pray­ing for you wher­ever you are that God will bring you back. We are plead­ing with the gov­ern­ment to put more ef­fort so that leah will be re­leased.

“We are wish­ing you Merry Christ­mas wher­ever you are. We are not happy that you are not with us this Christ­mas and we pray God set you free and bring you back to us. We are plead­ing with those who are hold­ing you cap­tive to please pity us and re­lease you. We are in great pains, thank you.”

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