The governor of Gombe state, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, on Tuesday, May 14, demanded the immediate release of Leah Sharibu, who has remained with Boko Haram terrorists for many months.
Dankwambo also sent birthday wishes to the Boko Haram victim abducted with other young students from Dapchi, Borno state on February 19, 2018.
She reportedly remained in captivity for refusing to accept Islam while the other victims have been freed.
“Happy 16th birthday to Leah Sharibu. Never to be forgotten! You are in our thoughts and prayers. Many happy returns,” Dankwambo said in a terse statement on social media in which he also demanded for her release.
Legit.ng earlier reported as part of the steps put in place to fast track the release of Leah Sharibu, prayer vigils were set up by hundreds of people at Nigeria’s mission house in the United Kingdom and United States.
There would also be an event at the US Senate building on Capitol Hill today, Tuesday, May 14, in Washington. Leah would be marking her 16th birthday today after spending 449 days in captivity.
Meanwhile, Professor Wole Soyinka, one of Africa's Nobel laureate, dedicated his new poem to Leah Sharibu and Chibok girls.
Speaking at Georgetown University, Washington, Soyinka compared Leah to the African freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela.
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The renown poet said: “We must celebrate the exception who said ‘no’ as it reminded me of Mandela who refused conditional release.”
In the poem titled Mandela comes to Leah, Soyinka said: “Faith is not of compulsion…her torch undimmed in the den of zealots.”
Some Nigerians also prayed for her safe return, others used the opportunity to charge the federal government to intensify effort to rescue to young school girl.
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