#BringBackOurGirls Message on Leah Sharibu’s Birthday
14 May 2018
Today is Day 83 since 110 schoolgirls of Government Science and Technical College, Dapchi were abducted in their school on the evening of 19th February 2018. On 21 March, 104 were returned by the terrorists by an arrangement with the Federal Government, 5 others are not accounted for by the government. Leah Sharibu, the only #DapchiGirl who remains in captivity (for refusing to renounce her faith and convert to another religion) turns 15 years of age today.
Our movement is extremely saddened and distraught on this 83rd day of her captivity, and the fact that the young teenager has had to mark her birthday in captivity with terrorists.
#BringBackOurGirls is equally exasperated at the federal government that has abandoned the family of Leah Sharibu (and the families of the 5 others.) The Federal Government has not reached out to the families of the 5 #DapchiGirls, nor accounted for them.
Our movement wishes Leah Sharibu a happy birthday. We also demand a status update from the Federal Government on Leah Sharibu. It is unconscionable that the family, community, and the public has gotten no updates since the Federal Government made empty promises in March about prioritising her return. We call on the federal government to return her immediately. There is no reason any arrangements with the terrorists should have left her out, in the first place.
Our movement’s legal actions against the federal government for the criminal negligence that resulted in the abduction of Leah Sharibu and her classmates proceeds. Our other related activities demanding for action of rescue of Leah, (as well as accounting for her 5 other colleagues) and our 112 #ChibokGirls shall continue until they are all given the justice of rescue they deserve by President Muhammadu Buhari and the federal government.
Our movement sends warm solidarity to the family and community of Leah Sharibu on this day of her birthday. You are not alone.
Signed: For and on behalf of #BringBackOurGirls