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We’re daily working on Leah Sharibu’s release – Lai Mohammed

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The Federal Government on Wednesday assured that it had not abandoned efforts to rescue Miss Leah Sharibu, the Christian school girl still left in the captivity of Boko Haram.

It said those involved in negotiating her release were doing so on a daily basis.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, told State House Correspondents who raised concerns over her fate that tortuous negotiations were still going on daily to secure her safe release.

The terrorists had since February 19, 2018 kept Leah Sharibu when she was abducted along 110 schoolmates in Dapchi, Yobe State.

Sharibu, whose 15th birthday was marked by her family on Monday, was not released along with her mates one month after the kidnapping because she reportedly rejected the demand of her abductors to denounce her faith and become a Muslim.

The Boko Haram insurgents who made a big show of returning the abducted girls to Dapchi in a convoy of vehicles, and even addressed crowds in the town, without a confrontation from security forces, have kept mute about Leah.

Government said the insurgents were not attacked because it reached agreement with them not to harm the girls but return them safely in exchange for a ceasefire from the armed forces.

Sharibu’s continued captivity has been eliciting concern from Nigerians who demand more positive action from government to ensure her release, along with also abducted Chibok schoolgirls, even as the issue came up prominently during talks between President Muhammadu Buhari and President Donald Trump, in Washington earlier this month.

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