The Gideon and Funmi Para-Mallam Peace Foundation, an advocacy group has called on the Federal Government to release the abducted Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, from the Boko Haram captivity, stressing that her education is truncated.
The criticism comes a day after Nigerians marked the second birthday of Leah who was abducted along with over 100 of her mates from the Government Girls Secondary School in Dapchi, Adamawa State.
While the other schoolgirls had regained their freedom from the insurgents, Leah, a Christian, was the only one who was not released for refusing to denounce her faith.
But appearing on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, the Convener and Founder of the Gideon and Funmi Para-Mallam Peace Foundation, Reverend Gideon Para-Mallam, said the Federal Government ought to champion the cause for Leah’s release.
“Leah (Sharibu) presently is a voice. Our celebration yesterday not just in Abuja but throughout the country is to give a voice to Leah who is being held in captivity unjustly. Her education is truncated, something is happening in her life.
“The (Federal) Government should be on the lead in this advocacy. But what the government sometimes do is to come up with some narratives, they come up with explanations,” he stated.
Following the continued captivity of Leah by the terrorists, Para-Mallam explained that Mrs. Sharibu has been going through emotional trauma.
When asked if he has been communicating with her parents, he responded in the affirmative saying “regularly.”
“We spoke with Leah’s dad yesterday, two days ago I spoke with the dad. I speak to the mother from time to time, I try to reach her. Her line was off so their father explained that there was no power,” he stated.