A peace advocacy organisation under the aegis of Para-Mallam Peace Foundation on Tuesday called for a collective effort to free Leah Sharibu from her Boko Haram abductors.
The Founder/CEO of PPF and Global Mission Leader, Rev. Gideon Para-Mallam, said, “How President Buhari manages to go to sleep beats human imagination.”
Sharibu has been in Boko Haram captivity for more than two years.
She was one of the 110 students of the Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, abducted by the terrorists on February 19, 2018.
While others were released by the hoodlums, following negotiations, Leah is still being held captive because she refused to renounce her Christian faith.
But Para-Mallam, who said the regime led by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had failed the abductee.
He said, “Leah mirrors the plight of neglect suffered by countless citizens of this country due to his (Buhari) failure to address insecurity in Nigeria which has been characterised by so much crazy impunity.
“Leah must be released from unprecedented lockdown. She would be spending 814 days in lockdown as she celebrates her 17th birthday on May 14. At 17, Leah should have ordinarily been graduating from SS3. But unfortunately the Boko Haram’s forced lockdown on Leah due to her Christian faith will deny her this opportunity.
“What a tragic leadership failure of our time. What appeals have we not made to Mr President? What else must we do to convince this President to act to free young Leah? Mr President, please listen to the appeals of Mr Nathan Sharibu, Mrs Rebecca Sharibu and Donald, younger brother of Leah. Listen to our appeals – both within and outside the country.
“The Church in Nigeria and around the world need to do more to bring Leah out of captivity and lockdown. We need collective corporate action in fighting this social injustice. The silence of the global community is very frightening.
“Otherwise, how could one explain the seeming non-concrete action on the part of the international community in compelling the Nigerian government to free this innocent teenage girl, kidnapped at the young age of 14.
“The world’s continuous silence is fast becoming a global conspiracy which history will never excuse. I believe we should make our voices heard and count. Leah Sharibu’s family should be given spiritual, psychological, emotional and moral support. The same should be extended to several families who have their loved ones presently in Boko Haram’s induced lockdown of all time, in the history of Nigeria.”