Minister Weeps Over Leah Sharibu, Chibok Girls’ Continued Stay In Captivity

Minister Weeps Over Leah Sharibu, Chibok Girls’ Continued Stay In Captivity

The Minister of Women Affairs, Paulen Tallen, yesterday wept over the continued stay of Leah Sharibu and over 100 Chibok girls in captivity.

She pleaded with Nigerians to provide the security agencies with the right information to rescue them.

She spoke in Abuja at the 13th edition of the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration’s Scorecard Series (2015-2023).

Leah was abducted by terrorists, along with 109 other girls on February 19, 2018 from Government Girls Science and Technical School in Dapchi, Yobe State.

While the other girls were released, Leah was held back for allegedly refusing to abandon her faith.

Also about 100 girls are yet to be released of the 276 female students kidnapped in April 2014 by Boko Haram terrorists from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state.

Asked what the government was doing to ensure the release of the girls from captivity, Tallen said President Muhammadu Buhari, the military and her ministry had never rested on their oars to ensure their freedom.

“If you come to my office, you will see photographs of where I have visited Leah Sharibu’s parents and I’ve reached out to support them.

“Anything I put forward to Mr President’s desk, concerning them, he approves.

“You can also see in one of the photographs the helicopter and the security personnel Mr President approved for me to go to Chibok and I have gone there three times.

“Leah Sharibu’s parents are not in Chibok, but the military made arrangements for me to see them at the Airforce Base in Yola due to security concern” she said.

“I pray that Nigerians will be sincere enough to support our security with the right information for us to get these girls.

“I’m touched as a mother and I know that this is a season that we should show love at everyone including those in captivity.

“Our prayers are with them and I know that very soon God will release these children,” Tallen said. NAN

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