The Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, has sent an audio message from the terrorists’ den, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to save her from Boko Haram captivity.
According to the 35 seconds audio available to newsmen, Sharibu, who spoke in Hausa Language 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 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.”
Recall that Leah Sharibu was the only Christian among the abducted 119 students of Government Girls Secondary School, GGSS, Dapchi, Yobe State, on February 19.
About 100 of them were later set free, while five were reported to have died. But Leah was not released by the terrorists for failing to renounce her Christian faith.
The Islamic State West Africa Province, ISWAP, a breakaway faction of Boko Haram, has kept her in captivity for seven months, sparking public outrage, while the Federal Government said it was making efforts to secure her release.
The picture that accompanied the audio has Leah in hijab, seated alone on a mat.
Sources said that the audio and picture were part of the proof of life, requirements in possible renewed negotiation between the government and ISWAP.
Meanwhile, the Presidency reacted, saying the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration will spare nothing to ensure Leah and other girls abducted by Boko Haram regained their freedom, just as the Department of State Services, DSS, is analysing the audio.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in his Twitter handle, @Garshehu, yesterday, said: “We are aware of the audio in circulation concerning the unfortunate situation of our daughter, Leah Sharibu. In dealing with terrorists, nothing is too trivial.
“The secret service is analysing the voice. Our reaction will follow the outcome of the investigation.
“For President Buhari, nothing will be spared in bringing all our girls home. He will not rest until all of them are free.”