The presidency on Saturday said that Leah Sharibu, the Christian secondary school student abducted in Dapchi, Yobe state, by Boko Haram fighters, is still alive.
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, who made the disclosure in an interview with NAN disclosed that the government is not giving up on negotiations for her release.
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, ISWAP, 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 times are for them, but the government is pursuing many options to ensure the safe return of Leah Sharibu.”
Leah was abducted by Boko Haram insurgents alongside over one hundred other school girls in February 2018 from their school in Yobe state.
The other girls were released a few days later but the insurgents refused to free Leah following her refusal to denounce her Christian faith.