Leah Sharibu: Presidency Reacts to Kidnapped Aid Worker’s Claim

The Presidency has said that it had been briefed by the government agency about the disturbing video showing humanitarian aid worker with Non-Governmental Organisation, Action Against Hunger, held captive by Boko Haram terrorists, Grace Taku, has claimed that the remaining Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu and a certain Alice held captive, have been killed by the Islamists over the Federal Government’s inability to secure their release.

The Senior Special Adviser to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu via his Facebook page said that the federal government has been given assurances that contact is being made and the captors are being talked to.

“Beside these aid workers, there are some others about whom this engagement is about-Leah Sharibu, a religious leader and all the others. These discussions have been ongoing even before this time and what this latest incident has done is to bring urgency to the efforts that the secret service is making.

READ: Leah Sharibu Has Been Killed, Kidnapped Aid Worker Claims

“Government is making contacts, in the hope that the captors will see a reason to not visit hardship or even harm on these innocent individuals,” he wrote.

iDONSABI reports that Grace Taku, who was kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists on July 18, had claimed in a “proof of life video” that Leah alongside one Alice had been killed by the insurgents.

Although Taku did not expressly state whether it was Leah Sharibu or another Leah that was killed, many assumed immediately that it was Sharibu that was being referred to thereby causing shockwaves across social media.

The video uploaded online on Thursday showed Grace calling on the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to come to her rescue.

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Read her words below:

“My name is Grace, I work with Action Against Hunger, an NGO in Borno State; my base is Damasak. We went to work on Thursday, July 18, 2019. On our way back to Damasak by Keneri/Chamba ward, we were caught by an army called the Kaliphas and they brought us here. We don’t know where we are.

“I want to beg the Christian Association of Nigeria because I am the only Christian among the six of us here. I want to beg CAN to please do something about me to see how I can be released. I call on Borno State.

“I beg Action Against Hunger. We have families, some of us have children. We are Nigerians who are working for Nigerians. I am begging please, I am begging again; please do something to see that we are released because this has happened in the Red Cross before where some ladies were caught, Hauwa and Zipporah. They also asked to be released but because of Nigeria did not do anything about it, they were killed.

“I am begging on behalf of all of us. I don’t want such to happen to us and it also happened again with Leah and Alice, because Nigeria could not do anything about them, they were not released they were also killed.”


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