Kallamu Musa-Dikwa, a Borno-based cleric and Director General, Centre for Justice on Religion and Ethnicity in Nigeria, has said reports that Leah Sharibu has had a baby for Boko Haram insurgents are false.
Speaking in an interview with The Punch, Musa-Dikwa said if Leah Sharibu, who was kidnapped from her school in Dapchi, Yobe State in 2018, had a baby, the insurgents would be the ones to announce it.
The cleric clarified that Leah Sharibu is not being held by Boko Haram but by the Islamic State’s West Africa Province. He also said they had demanded N6.5 million to be get proof that the abducted schoolgirl is alive.
He said the Federal Government had been deceiving Nigerians by claiming they were negotiating with ISWAP, adding that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) was also making money through transport fares from the situation.
“We were asked to bring N6.5m for us to get Leah Sharibu’s release and proof of life. The meaning of proof of life is to provide an avenue (for us) to see and talk with her. She will also use the opportunity to talk to Nigerians to help her regain freedom. Government did not talk with ISWAP, they are just deceiving Nigerians.
“As for CAN, let us keep the organisation aside. When I started pushing for this, CAN was the body that contacted the government and the government came and crippled everything. They collect money from the government in the name of transport fare,” he said.
On the killing of Lawan Andimi, the leader of CAN in Adamawa, Musa-Dikwa said he was abducted Michika by Boko Haram in collaboration with the locals.
“They abducted Lawan Andimi in Michika. The Boko Haram boys came into Michika and collaborated with Michika boys. They created chaos.
“When they came into the area, they targeted him and got him. They came in a friendly fashion. They told him the area was not safe and that they wanted to help him escape. They took him in his car and that was how he was abducted,” he said.