Leah Sharibu’s mother, Rebecca Sharibu, has joined a group of Nigerians in the United Kingdom to stage a protest before the Nigerian High Commission.
The group decried the continued captivity of Leah Sharibu which have continued for two years. They pled with the British government mount pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to made proper negotiation for the release of the girl.
The protest was led by Pastor Ayo Adedoyin, the Executive Director of International Organisations for Peace and Social Justice with placards carrying inscriptions like ‘Two years in captivity, negotiate her release now’, ‘Held because of her faith, Free Leah’, and ‘Still here, still waiting for action.’
The PUNCH gathered from the spokesman for the family of Leah Shabiru, Dr Gloria Puldu, who is the Executive Director of Leah Foundation and senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Jos, that the protest was staged in other to mark the two years of the abduction of Leah Sharibu.
Dr Puldu said;
“February 19 marks two years of the abduction of Dapchi girls and Leah Sharibu the only remaining girl in captivity turns two years in captivity. Rebecca Sharibu is presently with me in the United Kingdom to appeal to the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to put pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on a private visit to the UK to fulfil the various promises that he has made to secure Leah’s release on several occasions.
“Rebecca met with Baroness Caroline Cox on February 18 who assured her that she would take her message to UK Parliament. Cox explained that she had been on the Nigerian case for quite some time.
“The signatures gathered by the CSW U.K. was delivered by Rebecca Sharibu and accompanied by myself, CSW Chief Executive, Mervyn Thomas and Pastor Adedoyin with other protesters in attendance.”