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Leah Sharibu: Omotola fires back at presidency over ‘helpless’ statement



Veteran actress, Omotola Jalade -Ekeinde, has faulted the statement by President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina that only God can release the abducted Christian schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu.
Sharibu was one of the schoolgirls Boko Haram had few months ago kidnapped in Dapchi, Yobe State.

Against the backdrop of public outcry that followed the abduction of the students, Boko Haram had released the girls but refused to set Sharibu free over her refusal to renounce Christianity.

But, Adsesina had few weeks ago stirred controversy when he said only God can release the schoolgirl still in Boko Haram captivity.

Featuring on Channels Television, Adesina had said, “For how much longer, I think that question can only be answered by God. I believe that God is interested in that young girl and will ensure that she is preserved.

However, Omotola rubbished Adesina’s stance, saying “karma will come for them.”

Speaking with Punch, the award-winning actress challenged those in authority to ensure that Sharibu was set free from captivity.

She said, “It is very sad, especially as I read something (about her) recently. I do not know if it is true, but someone from the Presidency said that it is only God that can help her now. I am not very sure because sometimes there are false news reports on the internet.

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“If it is true that was said, then that is very sad for this country. It does not matter if she was a Christian or a Muslim neither does it matter if she was a boy or a girl, the fact is that a Nigerian child is involved and she is innocent.

“We all have children. They are just about to start their life and they do not have any fault in what Nigeria has become today. Imagine a child who is below 18 years of age facing such things. Nigeria is supposed to protect its children. How do we sleep every day knowing that we have the power to do something but we are not (doing it)?

“I do not understand how we investigate things in Nigeria. I do not see how difficult it is to find her. I feel that people are just careless about this girl and it will be very sad if anything happens to her. I almost have no hope for Nigeria because I do not think that there is going to be any protest over her abduction.

“I just want people to have the fear of God; that is if they truly believe He exists and if they don’t, they should know that they have children too and they do not know when karma would come for them. They should find that girl and bring her home.”

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