– Information minister Lai Mohammed has denied reports that Leah Sharibu, the only Dapchi schoolgirl still left in Boko Haram captivity, has died
– A statement from the minister quoted him as saying at a press briefing in Ilorin, Kwara state, on Sunday, February 10 that “It’s absolutely fake news. There is nothing like that”
– Lai Mohammed accused the opposition of making up the false report to cause fight between the two largest religions in the country
The federal government of Nigeria has denied reports making the rounds that Leah Sharibu, last of the Dapchi schoolgirls recently abducted by Boko Haram insurgents, has been killed by her abductors.
The denial was issued by information minister Lai Mohammed on Sunday, February 10 in a statement sent to Legit.ng.
Mohammed said the reports claiming Sharibu was dead is “absolute fake news”. The minister went on to accuse the opposition of wanting to score a cheap political point with the false reports.
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The statement from Lai Mohammed read: “I think it’s part of the opposition’s strategies to throw everything at the administration and at the president. I think every day they are realising the hopelessness of their position.
“Everyday they are amazed by the support Mr. President is receiving from every part of the country and they have decided that they are going to spread falsehood, inflame passion and make this election a Muslim-Christian affair or North-South affair, but people are not listening to them.”
Leah Sharibu is the only Christian among the over 100 abducted students of Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe state. She is still the only one in captivity.
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that Leah Sharibu called on President Muhammadu Buhari to rescue her from Boko Haram captivity in an audio released by her captors in August 2018.
In the last quarter of 2018, Legit.ng also reported that factional members of the Boko Haram sect who kidnapped Leah Sharibu in Dapchi, Yobe state early in the year allegedly demanded N100bn ransom before the girl could be released.
A diplomatic source which claimed to be involved in the negotiation for the release of the schoolgirl said there were fears that if given the money, the terrorists could use the cash to acquire weapons with which they would unleash terror on innocent Nigerians in the future.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng also reported that the absence of Leah Sharibu during the 2018 Christmas celebration caused her family deep sorrow and pain.
Speaking with newsmen on Wednesday, December 26, Leah’s father, Nathan Sharibu, lamented that the family missed their daughter for the past 309 days she has been in captivity, adding that this was the first time they are celebrating Christmas without her.
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