President Buhari plans to release Leah Sharibu, Boko Haram captive, 2 days to election for political gains-NextEdition report

The latest report by an online investigative media has revealed how the government of President Muhammadu Buhari plans to use the freedom of Leah Sharibu to garner some political favours at the polls in February 16, 2019 presidential election.

According to The Next Edition, there are plans to negotiate the release of Leah Sharibu, one of the Dapchi schoolgirls abducted on February 19, 2018.

Rebecca, Leah Sharibu’s mother, has reportedly begged the APC-led government not to allow her daughter to be killed by the terrorists.

According to the detailed report, powerful people who are insiders to the negotiations want to exploit the imminent release of the girl to gain desperately needed popularity ahead of the February 16 presidential election.

The report also quoted top security sources that Miss Sharibu has already been moved to a secured location waiting for an eventual public handing over.

Leah Sharibu, one of the Dapchi schoolgirls abducted on February 19, 2018.
Leah Sharibu, one of the Dapchi schoolgirls abducted on February 19, 2018. Credit: Google photo gallery

“I can tell you the girl may be officially released within a day or two but they want to use her to get some votes from Christians who feel betrayed by the administration,” a top security source told this newspaper.

“The plot is to delay the release of the girl till a few days to the election so that they could get maximum political leverage and perhaps, use that to show to Nigerians they have delivered on their promise,”a source was quoted.

Recalled that close to 300 girls were abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State on April 14, 2014, while 110 Dapchi girls were abducted on February 19, 2018

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The story titled, “This Sad News Broke My Heart Today – Leah Sharibu is Dead,” which immediately trended on social, quoted a family source to have said they were under pressure to keep mute about the girl’s death until after the presidential election.

BZ Program, the source of the controversial story wrote, “The only Christian girl, Leah Sharibu who remained in the dreaded Boko Haram camp after being abducted early last year is dead.

“A family source who pleaded anonymity confirmed this to BZ PROGRAM today.”

Quoting a family source, it continued, “We knew Leah was already dead but were under pressure to remain mute until after this presidential election, in order to protect the president’s image.”

Barely hours after the story appeared online, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, issued a statement, describing it as “absolute fake news.”

In a statement titled, “Leah Sharibu ’s Death Report ‘Absolutely Fake News’ – FG,” Mr. Mohammed debunked the claim and blamed the opposition for the report.

“I think it is part of the opposition’s strategies to throw everything at the administration and at the President. I think every day they are realizing the hopelessness of their position,” the minister is quoted to have said.

“Every day 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.”

Boko Haram terrorists have also intensified their attacks in the North East as Nigerians go to polls February 16, 2019

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