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I have lost sleep over my daughter – Mother of Dapchi girl, Leah Sharibu



When the dreaded Boko Haram sect decided to release the abducted Dapchi girls, they obviously left one behind because she refused to denounce Christianity.
Mother of the girl, Leah Sharibu, has however opened up on her pains as she has not set eyes on her daughter.

Other Parents of the released Dapchi schoolgirls have at the same time called on the Federal Government to step up action and ensure the timely release of Leah Sharibu.

Leah’s mother, Mrs. Rebecca Sharibu, in a telephone interview with a Punch correspondent said she had lost sleep since her daughter was abducted, adding that she almost developed a heart attack the day 107 girls were released, but Leah was not among them.

“It’s not been easy but the grace of God is there for us. I cannot sleep since February 19 that they were abducted but I nearly had a heart attack the day the other girls were released and I discovered that my daughter was not released because she refused to renounce her faith. But that gives me some comfort,” she said.

On how she felt when she was told that Leah’s refusal to convert to Islam was the reason she is still being held by the insurgents, Rebecca said she was proud of Leah’s faith.

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She said:

“We gave Leah a sound Christian teaching which cannot just be swept away. She grew up in ECWA and she assimilated the teachings of the Church. So, I have no problem with her refusal to convert. I am proud of her.”

While praying to God for the release of her daughter, Rebecca appealed to the security agents and President Muhammadu Buhari to help in the release of her daughter.

“Buhari should come to my aid and not abandon Leah. He should do everything possible to ensure her safe and timely release,” Rebecca added.

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