Leah Sharibu alive –FG insists

February 11th, 2019

*Blames opposition for rumoured death

*Re-iterates Govt resolve to secure her release

By Daniel Tyokua

The Minister of Informa­tion and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Sun­day described as “absolute fake news” reports making the round that the abducted but yet-to-be released Dapchi schoolgirl, Miss Leah Sharibu, has died in cap­tivity.

Leah was abducted by agents of the Boko Haram insurgents along with more than 100 other female students from their school dormitory in Dapchi, Yobe State, in March 2018.

And just over the weekend, news filtered the country that the only Christian girl abduct­ed by the insurgents, but was not released when government bar­gained the release of the other girls and who had insisted she would not renounce her religion, had died.

But, dismissing the informa­tion, the minister insisted in Ilor­in, Kwara State that “it’s absolute­ly fake news”, adding that “there is nothing like that”.

In the statement by the min­ister’s special Assistant, Segun Adeyemi, Mohammed main­tained that “the reported death of Miss Sharibu, few days to the presidential election, is a ploy by the political opposition to tarnish the image of the administration and exploit primordial senti­ments ahead of the polls”.

According to the minister, “I think it’s part of the opposition’s strategies to throw everything at the administration and at the president. I think everyday they are realising the hopelessness of their position.

“Everyday they are amazed by the support Mr. President is receiving from every part of the country and they have decid­ed that they are going to spread falsehood, inflame passion and make this election a Muslim-Christian affair or North-South affair, but people are not listen­ing to them”.

He did not, however, say if government had any recent intel­ligence to confirm Miss Sharibu is alive or where she is being held.

Since the kidnap, the Feder­al Government has kept promis­ing that it is doing everything to free Miss Leah from her captors. President Muhammadu Buhari and his aides have continued to re-assure Nigerians that she has not been abandoned.

Buhari had said that he was being cautious not to fall into the hands of dubious men present­ing themselves as negotiators.

In another development, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai MMo­hammed has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential rally in Kwara state scheduled for today is on course.

According to him, the par­ty has put everything in place to ensure that the visit of President Buhari is a huge success.

“The party has been meet­ing in the last couple of days to ensure that the president’s vis­it is very successful. We have watched the rallies in many parts of the country and we want to assure Mr. President that our rally in terms of num­bers, quality of people, enter­tainment and colour will rank among the best,” he said.

He also described the pro­test over the redeployment of police commissioners across the country as the handiwork of the opposition, which, he claimed were working to dis­credit the police and the In­dependent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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