Where is Leah Sharibu?


Nigeria has become a nation where government officials hardly think  about the welfare of the masses. The peoples representative re-ASSURED his wife his loyalty with a N100m car, where the peoples representative thrown party to commission few electric poles, where the lives of animals is more valuable than the lives of human.
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Some I-don’t-care person in the society who are familiar with the story of Leah Sharibu kidnapped may ask why this question is been asked after 200 persons was gruesomely gunned down in Plateau State, Lagos tanker fire incident that claimed the lives of more than a dozen, why I am not talking about Nigeria overtaking India in poverty index or the 2019 general elections or even talk about long forgotten Baddo issue in Ikorodu, (the Nigeria police is still on top of the situation and perpetrators will be brought to book soon). I want to say, nothing can be forgotten and nothing should be swept under the carpet                                                                                                                         As we all know that missing miss Sharibu was only 14-year-old when she was kidnapped in Government Girls Science Technical College, GGSTC, Dapchi, Yobe State by the Boko Haram terrorist group on February 19, 2018 alongside 109 girls where 104 were later released, five killed. Sharibu turned 15 on May 14, 2018 in captivity. A birthday that should have called for celebration became a sad reminder of her frightening fate. More than four months in
captivity. Her highly distraught mother was inconsolable. A flood of tears bore testimony to her anguish.
  The most disappointing moment was when President Muhammadu Buhari on Democracy Day, Tuesday  May 29, 2018 failed to comment on the status of his administration’s effort to rescue the Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, still in Boko Haram’s captivity.
He also did not speak on the status of the over 100 Chibok girls still with the Boko Haram over four years after they were kidnapped.
While 5,000 security personnel, two helicopters and two Armoured Personnel Carriers were deployed to the All Progressive Congress (APC) National convention on June 23, 2018, to provide security in around the convention ground that had 6,800 delegates including president Muhammadu Buhari and Plateau State governor, Simon Bako Lalong (APC) who is support of OPEN GRAZING in attendance, to choose the party leaders, armed herdsmen were having a field day in Plateau State and killed one hundred and twenty persons (120) returning from a funeral service
 They blocked the source of water and bathe with the blood of the people, sanctified their cutlasses with their blood. They did it with a sense of 'we-are-unquestionable, they rode in majestically and left with a sense of fulfilment; could it be that they enjoy protection and assurance of dine with the king thereafter?.
  In a country where life is worth no penny, but the cow a golden penny. Fulani herdsmen kill with reckless boldness , they smash brain out of skulls, stab our sisters and brothers at night, raze down homes, send villagers running from their homes and yet the President is not angry enough to end the carnage but pushing to set up ranches for the allege killers.
  As noted by Nobel prize winner, Wole Soyinka, Sharibu is a figure that represents every Nigerian irrespective of our differences, irrespective of our faiths, irrespective of our different ideologies.
  Leah became a cherished trophy in the hands of the criminals who get paid to kill and cause sorrow just like the way they sing triumphant songs when they murdered people in Benue and the 200 people in Plateau State          How much did the government pay to secure the release of the 104 girls that the government couldn’t afford to pay for the release of Leah? Is it not possible that Leah is being kept so as to force the government to pay more? Or could it be that the federal government is using Leah as the joker in its 2019 political pack of cards? Just as the orchestrated abduction and release of the girls fortuitously coincided with President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration of his intention to run for a second term, will Leah’s release be a pre-election gift to Nigerians by the presidency? There are many questions begging for answers as the 2019 elections draw close.
The ropes are left dangling at every corner of the country and the 'hangers' are waiting to hang everyone.. Nigerians, are we in trouble?
   Sharibu spoke for our collective humanity. And I will implore us not to forget such name in our minds. Let us understand what they stand for and what they are fighting for.”
                                                                   Eniola Daniel writes from Lagos

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