Saving Leah Sharibu

AS I  write this, it is going to be about two years that 15- year-old Nigerian faculty lady – Leah Sharibu – was kidnapped together with her mates at Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State. She was among the many 110 ladies that Boko Haram insurgents forcefully took away just for them to launch the others however for Leah.

The terrorist group claimed that the Christian lady refused to resign her religion, therefore the rationale they’re holding on to her after the Nigerian authorities should have paid an enormous ransom on the women.

Then few weeks in the past, the web information media have been awash with the newest on her. That Leah simply put to mattress a child after she was married off in accordance with Muslim rites to a Boko Haram commander. Though, the veracity of the story continues to be largely obscure since no image or video has been launched, it is sufficient to remind us {that a} fragile teenage lady continues to be beneath the management of a terrorist group whose starvation for blood and carnage is out of this world.

It is simple to hazard a guess as to what should have occurred and taking place to Leah; a sheep within the midst of jackals. An harmless faculty lady amongst offended and perverted blood suckers whose pastime is to feast on weak ladies, girls and kids. I can say for a certainty that this poor lady has been compelled into marriage with an grownup battle monger, repeatedly raped, and made to hold a baby earlier than baby bearing age. Leah has suffered untold psychological, psychological and bodily abuse that can eternally be together with her and able to maiming her for all times. Two years within the fingers of Boko Haram can be like a lifetime in hell. No human deserves that form of hellish therapy.

Leah has develop into a metaphor for insecurity in Nigeria and the Nigerian authorities should know that till Leah is again and out of Boko Haram enclave, the world will proceed to speak in regards to the killings, carnage and abductions in hush and loud voices. It will proceed to speak about insecurity, maiming and kidnapping. It will proceed to speak in regards to the failure of the ruling celebration APC and the federal government of President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB), whose principal marketing campaign purpose was to place an finish to Boko Haram and insecurity.

Some weeks in the past, a video emerged of the execution of Ropvil Daciya Dalep, a scholar of the University of Maiduguri, Borno State. He was kidnapped on January 9, 2020 on the Damaturu-Maiduguri Highway whereas returning to highschool. Dalep was kidnapped with different college students and their destiny shouldn’t be identified but. No one is aware of when their homicide tapes will floor on the web.

Similarly, the execution tape of the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Rev. Lawan Andimi, additionally surfaced thereafter earlier than their ransom of N50 million might come.

In the midst of the carnage, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai,  few weeks in the past, described the Boko Haram assaults because the kicks of a dying horse. Gen Buratai by this assertion merely confirmed my fears that this insurgency continues to be very a lot with us and it saddens me that in 5 years of PMB authorities, Nigerians are nonetheless dying within the fingers of terrorists.

The herdsmen and farmers are nonetheless clashing and killing themselves, communities are being massacred in communal clashes and kidnappers are nonetheless on the prowl.

Most importantly, ‘Saving Leah Sharibu’ ought to be the brand new slogan of the Nigerian Army and  by extension the Nigerian authorities. Bringing her house ought to be the primary precedence of this authorities and no stone should be left unturned.  We owe it to her as a individuals and a rustic to carry her house. Anything quick can be tantamount to failure of this authorities.

  • By Kemi Asemota, Lagos.

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