Buhari Reacts To Boko Haram’s Threat To Kill Leah Sharibu
Abuja, Nigeria News 18th September, 2018: President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned and described as heinous and despicable, the killing of Saifura Khorsa, an aid worker, by Boko Haram insurgents.
Khorsa, who worked for the Red Cross, was kidnapped about six months ago at the Rann camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Borno.
Buhari also expressed concern over the threat of the group to harm others, including Leah Sharibu, the lone Dapchi school girl, still in custody.
Miss Sharibu is one of the over 100 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Boko Haram in Dapchi, Yobe State, earlier in the year. While all her other schoolmates who survived the kidnap have been released by the terrorists, Miss Sharibu was held back by the Boko Haram for allegedly refusing to denounce her Christian faith.
Nigerians as well as local and international rights groups have appealed for Miss Sharibu’s release and called on the federal government to do all possible to ensure her release.
TheCable had earlier reported how the sect threatened to kill those in its custody over what it described as slow response from government
In a statement issued on his behalf by Garba Shehu, his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Buhari pledged his commitment to rescuing all captives, including Leah Sharibu.
“The government of Nigeria strongly condemns this reprehensible and inhuman act. No religion permits the killing of the innocent,” he said.
“Saifura worked for the Red Cross, a humanitarian organisation tirelessly working to bring succor to all the victims of violence irrespective of the sides of the conflict.’’
The president sent out an appeal to Nigeria’s international partners and about everyone with an influence on the terrorists to prevail on them “to stop these acts of extreme barbarism.”
Mr Buhari further assured that his administration will seize every given opportunity with both hands and use all means available to bring home all citizens held against their will by the Boko Haram terrorists.
“On behalf of his family, the government and people of Nigeria, President Buhari extended condolences to the family of Saifura, the Red Red Cross and UNICEF over the loss of this selfless and hardworking mother,” Mr Shehu said.
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