Abducted Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu has clocked 16 in Boko Haram captivity.
Sharibu was abducted alongside 112 other girls from Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe state, on February 19, 2018.
All the girls who were captured were subsequently released, except five who reportedly died in detention, but Sharibu was held back for “refusing to renounce her faith”.
Shortly after the other girls were released, President Muhammadu Buhari had promised his government would not abandon her.
“The lone Dapchi girl, Leah, will not be abandoned … President Buhari assures the Sharibu family that he will continue to do all he can to ensure that they also have cause to rejoice with their daughter soon,” a statement from Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, had read.
In August last year, TheCable obtained a recording of Sharibu begging the president to come to her rescue and reunite her with her family.
She had said: “I am Leah Sharibu, the girl that was abducted in GGSS Dapchi. I am calling on the government and people of goodwill to intervene to get me out of my current situation.
“I also plead to the members of the public to help my mother, my father, my younger brother and relatives. Kindly help me out of my predicament. I am begging you to treat me with compassion, I am calling on the government, particularly, the president to pity me and get me out of this serious situation. Thank you.”
Since the current insurgency started in 2009, Boko Haram has killed tens of thousands and displaced 2.3 million from their homes and was ranked as the world’s deadliest terror group by the Global Terrorism Index in 2015.
The group based in North Eastern Nigeria and also active in Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon seeks to “purify Islam in northern Nigeria.”