FG Won’t Abandon Dapchi Girl In Captivity – Buhari


BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday assured Nigerians that the Federal Government is determined to ensure the release of the only Dapchi schoolgirl remaining in Boko Haram’s captivity.

According to the President, his administration is still as committed to her freedom as it was to the girls’ freedom when all 110 of them were being held by the Boko Haram terrorists.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said in a media statement that the Buhari administration would not relent in efforts to bring Leah Sharibu safely back home to her parents as it has done for the other girls after she was held back by the terrorists over her decision, as reported, not to convert from Christianity to Islam.

Shehu’s statement said; “President Buhari is fully conscious of his duty under the constitution to protect all Nigerians, irrespective of faith, ethnic background or geopolitical location and will not shirk in this responsibility.

“The President is equally mindful of the fact that true followers of Islam all over the world respect the injunction that there is no compulsion in religion.

“To this effect, no one or group can impose its religion on another.

“His heart goes out to the isolated parents who must watch others rejoice while their own daughter is still away. The lone Dapchi Girl, Leah, will not be abandoned.”

The presidential spokesman said President Buhari has assured the Sharibu family that government will continue to do all within its powers to ensure they also have cause to rejoice with their daughter soon.

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