Leah Sharibu, one of the 114 Dapchi schoolgirls who were kidnapped in February, 2018 from their school compound, is celebrating her sixteenth year’s birthday in the captivity of Boko Haram.
This is the second time she would be celebrating her birthday in the midst of her captors having been denied freedom because she refused to denounce her Christian faith.
Human Rights Activists, Civil Society Organizations and other well meaning Nigerians have been unrelenting in calling on the Federal Government has to intensify efforts in making sure Leah is freed.
The Federal government has also promised to do everything within its power to make sure Leah and every Nigerian in the captivity of Boko Haram regains his or her freedom
Mean while, a coalition of christians gathered in at the headquarters of Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA) in Jos to celebrate the birthday of Leah.
The occasion was characterised by prayers for Lea, her parents, churches across Nigeria and for God’s intervention in Nigeria current situation.
The Christian groups included Leah Sharibu Foundation, Christian Women for Excellence and Empowerment (CWEENS), Catalyst for Peace and Justice (CPJ) and Param-Mallam Foundation, took to the streets of Jos to protest the inability of the Federal Government to secure the release of Leah
The coalition took their protest to the Plateau State House of Assembly where they submitted a letter of protest to Speaker Joshua Madaki.
Speaking during the protest, Paul Abache from Leah Sharibu Foundation said:
“On February 19, 2015, some gunmen stormed Dapchi village and took away some girls. Some were released but Leah was not, just for her refusal to renounce her religion.
“Today marks exactly 16 years of Leah Sharibu’s birthday and this is the second time we are celebrating it while she is in the hands of Boko Haram.
“As a Christian, Leah has become a role model, a heroine. We need to celebrate her, whether she is alive or not. But we know she is alive because her God in heaven has neither forsaken her nor forgotten her.
“We call on the world to join us in celebrating Leah Sharibu for her bravery, her unshakable faith in Jesus Christ and for standing as a symbol of Christianity.”
Nigerians wait eagerly to receive the good news of her freedom even though, her whereabouts and safety are yet unknown.