- Says Leah Sharibu still alive
The Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has said the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration will not give up on the safe return of Leah Sharibu.
Leah was among the students abducted from the Government Girls Science and Technical Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe State, by a faction of Boko Haram terrorists in February 2018.
Shehu also dismissed reports that the Leah had been harmed by her abductors, adding that the Federal Government is making efforts to ensure her release from her captors.
Speaking to a group of journalists on Saturday in Abuja, Shehu said: ”Instead of giving up, the government is carrying forward processes that should hopefully yield her release by her captors.
“Lines of communications remain open with the kidnappers, ISWA, 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 and friends, the government understands how difficult these time 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.
Appealing for patience in dealing with the challenge this case poses, the Presidential spokesman assured that the administration is fully conscious that any misstep on a delicate issue as this can be costly.