The federal government on Wednesday described as tortuous and complicated the ongoing negotiations with the Boko Haram terror group for the release of Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi school girl still in captivity with the insurgent group.
Nigeria’s Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed who made the disclosure to newsmen at the end of FEC meeting, however, said efforts are on to ensure the release of Leah, noting that she will not be abandoned by the Federal Government.
According to the minister, negotiation are on for the release of the remaining abducted schoolgirl but negotiating with terrorists is tortuous but Sharibu will not be left to her fate.
He said, “We are yet to resolve the issue of six girls. 111 girls were kidnapped, 105 were returned and we are busy on daily basis asking and negotiating and asking what happened to those five officially at least and then what is delaying the young girl, Leah Sharibu.
“Negotiations with insurgents are quite tortuous and complicated at times but I can assure you we are not leaving her to her fate and those who should do are busy daily working on her release,” the Minister said.
More than 100 schoolgirls were abducted from Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State on February 19 by Boko Haram terrorist but were released by the insurgents a few weeks later with the exception of Leah Sharibu who refused to renounce her Christian faith.