Buhari hasn’t called Leah Sharibu’s father – Family friend

According to him, Leah’s father, Nathan Sharibu, has been worried that apart from the fact that he “has not heard a single word about his daughter’s release beyond the promises,” he has not received any phone call from Buhari.

He also regretted that the kidnap of Leah Sharibu had been politicised by both government and certain groups.

Para-Mallam, who is a close friend of the Sharibu family and founder, Gideon and Funmi Para-Mallam Peace Foundation, expressed these views in a statement obtained by The PUNCH on Sunday to commemorate his 60th birthday which held on October 15.

Our correspondent reports that the Jos-based religious activist has been one of the vocal voices championing the cause for the release of Leah Sharibu.

He said  as of October 15, 2019, Leah Sharibu had spent 603 days in captivity.

The activist queried what Buhari would have done if Leah were his daughter.

He said, “On October 15, Leah’s father, Nathan Sharibu and I were on the phone again. We connect on a regular basis and this has been the case since March 2018, till date. He said he had not heard a single word about his daughter’s release beyond the promises.  He also confirmed that he had not received any phone call or updates from the President of this country.

“Why is this the case? I am wondering deeply. Mr President, where is your humanity? Is life all about enjoying power in Aso Rock? You are a father and Nathan Sharibu is also a father. Before you were anything in government, you were a father.

“Mr President, 603 days? Would you have the presence of mind to lead Nigeria? A few minutes into writing this statement, Leah’s father and I were on the phone again. He shared with me that their life as a family is one of daily agony and pain; but they remain thankful to God.

“I encouraged him once again as I normally do, to remain hopeful about Leah’s release. He went further to tell me that October 14 was rather a very difficult night for him because he dreamt about Leah. He seemed distressed and unhappy.”

Leah Sharibu was one of the 110 abducted female students of Government Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State on February 19, 2018 by Boko Haram terrorists and was denied freedom on account of her Christian faith.