Mother of kidnapped Leah Sharibu, Rebecca storms the White House for her daughter’s release.
The student of Government Girls Science and Technical Secondary School in Dapchi, Leah Sharibu, who was kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists, alongside 111 other girls and another schoolboy, on February 19, 2018 in Bursari local government area of Yobe state. She was 14 at the time.
The abduction led to widespread outrage as it was reminiscent of a similar abduction of schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno in 2014.
After weeks of negotiations with the government, the terrorists released 107 of the 113 originally abducted on March 21, 2018.
While five of the remaining six girls were reported to have died while being transported to Boko Haram’s hideout, Sharibu was kept by the militants because she refused demands to renounce her Christian faith and convert to Islam.
Sharibu is in the custody of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction that broke from Boko Haram in 2016 and was responsible for a wave of savage attacks on military bases in 2018.
To force the government’s hand to negotiate with it last year, the group executed Saifura Ahmed and Hauwa Liman, two of the three female humanitarian workers abducted in Rann, Borno State days after the Dapchi raid.
However, Rebecca Sharibu who spoke mostly in her native language, pleaded with the US Government and President Trump to come to her daughter’s aid.