Saturday, October 13, 2018

‘FG making concerted efforts to free Leah Sharibu, aid workers’ - ITREALMS

The Federal Government (FG) has assured the families of kidnapped Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu and two abducted aid workers on concerted efforts being made to ensure their release from captivity, reports ITREALMS.

According to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who led a three-member Federal Government delegation to Maiduguri in Borno State and Dapchi in Yobe State, which included Hajiya Aisha Abubakar, the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, who also oversees Women Affairs, and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hajiya Khadija Abba Bukar Ibrahim, met with Mrs Rebecca Sharibu, Mother of Leah, as well as other members of their family at an emotion-laden ceremony.

Speaking at the occasion, Alhaji Mohammed said President Muhammadu Buhari sent the delegation as a follow-up to his phone call to Leah's mother a few days ago, adding that the government will not rest until Leah has been reunited with her family.

Visibly excited students of the Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, from where Leah and about 109 of her colleagues were abducted on 19 February 2018, trooped out to welcome the delegation when the chopper that ferried them to Dapchi landed in the school premises.

Earlier, the delegation also met with the families of the three aid workers who were abducted in March 2018.
At the meeting, which was held in the Borno State Government House, Alhaji Mohammed reassured them of the Government's efforts to secure the release of the two that remained in captivity, Alice Loksha and Amina Liman.

He also condoled with the parents of the third aid worker, Saifura Hussaini Ahmed, who was killed by her abductors last month.

The Minister said this is a trying time for the government and people of Borno State, but praised the government's resilience in tackling the challenges arising from the Boko Haram insurgency.

The Deputy Governor of Borno, Alhaji Usman Durkwa, who received the delegation, expressed gratitude to President Buhari for sending the delegation to the state, saying this shows that the President is a true leader.

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PIC: From left: Minister of State Industry, Trade and Investment, overseeing the Ministry of Women Affairs, Hajia Aisha Abubakar; Mrs. Rebecca Sharibu; Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hajia Khadija Abba Ibrahim when a Federal Government delegation visited Mrs. Sharibu, mother of the one of the abducted Dapchi school girls still in captivity in Dapchi, Yobe State, on Friday.

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