Primary school pupils in four Private schools in Jos, Plateau State, on Tuesday took to the streets of the state capital on mass protest in commemoration of Leah Sharibu’s 16th birthday to express their disaffection over the continued hostage of Leah, a student of Girls Science Secondary School, Dapchi, kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists.
The Pupils displayed placards with different inscriptions while moving round the streets of Jos, making demands on government to expedite actions for the rescue and release of Leah from Boko Haram captivity.
National Daily learned that the pupils stretched out on solidarity mass procession for the teenager who is the only captor in the den of the Boko Haram terrorists after over one year of the kidnap of 112 female students of Government Girls Science and Technical College Dapchi, Yobe State, on 19th February, 2018.
The Federal Government on March 21, 2018, announced that the Boko Haram terrorists had returned 106 of the abducted school girls with the exception of Leah Sharibu who was said to be held back for resisting denouncing her Christian faith before the jihadists. About five of the victims were said to have died on the way while being taken away b y the terrorists.
Leah has since then become a global phenomenon, generating demands on the Nigerian government to ensure her safety and freedom from the Boko Haram captors.
Leah’s 16th birthday anniversary becomes significant with the participation of civil society groups.
National Daily also learned that the President of the Leah Sharibu Foundation, who also joined the peaceful procession, appealed to the wife of Nigerian President, Aisha Buhari, to stand in the gap of all mothers to impress upon President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfill the promise he made to Leah’s parents to bring her back home safe.