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EXCLUSIVE: Leah Sharibu speaks from captivity, asks Buhari to pity her (audio)

EXCLUSIVE: Leah Sharibu speaks from captivity, asks Buhari to pity her (audio)
August 27
13:11 2018

Leah Sharibu, the only Christian among the abducted 119 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe state, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to save her from captivity.

As a “proof of life” amidst speculations on her fate, TheCable has exclusively obtained her latest picture as well as the audio of her plea to Buhari.

Leah, who was kidnapped in February, also appealed that her family members be assisted.

All the girls who were captured were subsequently released, except five who reportedly died in detention, but Sharibu was held back for “refusing to renounce her faith”.


The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a breakaway faction of Boko Haram, has kept her in captivity for seven months, sparking public outrage.

The federal government had said it was making efforts to secure her release.

Clad in hijab, sewn from a light brown material and seated alone on a mat patterned in pink, Sharibu spoke with measured calmness.


She spoke in Hausa in a 35 seconds audio, reproduced here:

“I am Leah Sharibu, the girl that was abducted in GGSS Dapchi. I am calling on the government and people of goodwill to intervene to get me out of my current situation,” she said.

“I also plead to the members of the public to help my mother, my father, my younger brother and relatives. Kindly help me out of my predicament. I am begging you to treat me with compassion, I am calling on the government, particularly, the president to pity me and get me out of this serious situation. Thank you.”


Sources told TheCable that the audio as well as pictures were part of the proof of life requirement in a possible renewed negotiation efforts between the government and ISWAP members.

The release of Sharibu’s school mates on March 21, 2018 reportedly followed what sources said had to do with the intervention of IS in Iraq and Syria.

Leah… longing for home

Insurgent leaders were said to have upbraided ISWAP for abducting Muslim schoolgirls.

Thereafter, according to our sources, the 110 Muslim schoolgirls were brought back under an elaborate ceremony that had the community cheering.


Lai Mohammed, minister of information, and Lawal Daura, the sacked director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS), had said the release was part of a wider ceasefire talks with the insurgents.

Recently, the release of the girls sparked a controversy when the UN said a heavy ransom was paid but Mohammed insisted that no dime was given to the insurgents in exchange for the release of the girls.


Leah… before the abduction

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  1. Angbas
    Angbas August 27, 15:37

    Oh God Almighty, please deliver Leah by your mighty hand. In Jesus name. Amen

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    • Pabby
      Pabby August 31, 14:26

      Amen! We’re still praying and fasting for her. She will have peace. It is well with her soul.

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  2. Regino
    Regino August 27, 16:56

    Show your mighty hands in d rescue and save return of Leah to her family in Jesus matchless name is pray. Amen!!!

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  3. Sege
    Sege August 27, 17:14

    God will deliver you Leah from this captivity in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.

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  4. Abaros
    Abaros August 28, 06:59

    Dear Lord, please give Leah the grace to keep on and never to yield to their evil manipulations. Make her a terror to her attackers in Jesus name. May her captors and the federal government never have PEACE until she’s released. Amen!

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  5. Maibishara
    Maibishara August 28, 07:46

    Your comment..Allah na Ibrahim, Allah na Ishaku, Allah na Yakubu, ka dau fansar Leah domin Shaidan ya sha kunya

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  6. Gus
    Gus August 29, 20:02

    Try to stay strong. Think of my friend Helen Berhane who was imprisoned in a shipping container for 2 years and 7 months in Eritrea and was brutally tortured all that time, because she refused to renounce her Christian faith and her church. She is free now.

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  7. Pam
    Pam September 20, 10:26

    I pray that she will feel her Heavenly Fathers arms wrapped around her so she will not feel alone and foe her family. Oh how hard this must be! I pray strength foe them.

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  8. Temple Sylvanus
    Temple Sylvanus February 20, 06:54

    Oh God hear the cry of your lovely daughter and that of her love ones. Father make a touch for her release.
    Oh Lord I pray.

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