Nathan Sharibu, the father of Leah, the schoolgirl was kidnapped by terrorists in Dapchi, Yobe State, has revealed that her abduction and the continued stay in captivity has taken a toll on the health of the girl’s mother.
Leah was kidnapped alongside 109 students of Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, by members of Boko Haram on February 19, 2018. Last Wednesday marked two years since the schoolgirl was kidnapped.
Speaking in an interview, Sharibu said his wife has been visiting the hospital frequently, especially the news broke out that Leah reportedly gave birth for a Boko Haram commander and is now a mother.
He described his daughter’s continued captivity as a “very difficult for the entire family”, adding that her siblings have been traumatic for the past two years.
“Her mother has been very disturbed by the news. Since that was reported, every week, she has been going in and out of hospital to see her doctor. Her health condition became bad after Leah was abducted.
It’s been very traumatic for the family. Her mother has to go for weekly medical checkup. Leah’s mother is a primary school teacher in Yobe State, which is why she’s still in Yobe, even though she’s is from Borno State. When Leah was abducted, I was working here, in Yola.
“The family is still in critical pain. Her (Leah’s) grandmother, grandfather, uncles, aunts and siblings are just managing to cope with the trauma,” Sharibu told the Punch.
Sharibu also confirmed earlier reports that his wife had fainted at a time due to the development.
According to him, his wife fainted when she discovered that Leah was not among the 106 students who were released by the terrorists.
Leah’s father called on President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfil his promise to his family and Nigerians to secure his daughter’s release, insisting that the Federal Government knows the whereabouts of his daughter.
He noted that the Federal Government has not been in touch with his family after a government delegation led by three ministers visited them in Dapchi shortly after the abduction occurred.
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Describing his feeling as that of disappointment over the government’s action so far, Sharibu said he is still hopeful that his daughter would be returned to the family alive.
He added that “there can be no price too high for the government to pay for her (Leah’s) release”.
“I feel really disappointed by government’s failure to secure her release two years after her abduction. I am calling on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, who is a father and a grandfather to get my daughter. He promised the family that his administration would do its best to secure the release of Leah. He promised Nigerians that his administration would do everything possible to secure the release of my daughter. He even promised the whole world that Leah would be released.
“But up till now, there’s no positive result. I’m pleading with him to fulfil the promise he made to my family, Nigerians and the entire world,” Sharibu said.