The father of Leah, Nathaniel Sharibu, the only Dapchi schoolgirl still in Boko Haram custody for her refusal to renounce her Christian faith on Monday said the federal government is yet to contact his family regarding Leah’s situation.
Speaking during an interview with Ray Power FM, Nathaniel appealed to Nigerians — the media, in particular — to “put pressure on the government” to ensure the release of his daughter.
He said the family was “very sad” that Leah was absent on her 15th birthday.
“Today is her 15th birthday and the family is very sad about her absence,” he said.
Asked by the presenter if he has received any support from government or his colleagues, he replied: “I am not receiving anything … from the government, [it] is only the church that has been coming to pray for me. They have been encouraging me through their prayers and advising me.”
He also said the government had not met with his family over the incident.
“I have not heard anything from state, local and federal government. I’m even confused now,” he added.
When the presenter wished Leah, happy birthday, assuring Sharibu that they were praying for her safe return, he responded, “Amen. I need your assistance, I need you to put pressure on the government to do something about it and ensure the release of my daughter.”