The Presidency has doused the raging rumour that Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi school girl who has been in the captivity of Boko Haram for more than two years now is dead, insisting that she is still alive and that Federal Government is doing everything possible to rescue her.
The Presidency said that negotiations is still ongoing with the terrorists with a view to rescuing the girl and return her safely to her family.
The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in a statement he issued in Abuja on Saturday, August 31.
Shehu assured Nigerians that the government would not give up on Leah Sharibu, a Christian girl who was denied freedom by the terrorist group because of her faith.
“Instead of giving up, the government is carrying forward processes that should hopefully yield her release by her captors,” Shehu began.
Stressing that Leah was still alive, Shehu added:
“Lines of communications remain open with the kidnappers, ISWAP, to secure the release of Leah Sharibu.
Contrary to false reports, she is alive – given assurances from our security agencies- and the government is committed to her safe return, as well as all other hostages to their families.
Kidnapping for ransom should never be encouraged. This means not capitulating to the demands of terrorists: refrain from rewarding their heinous crimes with payment.
With the abduction of loved family (members) and friends, the government understands how difficult these times are for them, but government is pursuing many options to ensure the safe return of Leah Sharibu.
We must commit to law and communication, using the breadth of strategies at our disposal: legal initiatives, stakeholder cooperation, involvement of all relevant parties and the use of the latest hostage negotiation techniques.”