The family of Leah Sharibu, the 15-year-old Christian girl kidnapped by Boko Haram, confirmed that a new audio message of her begging for help is real.
The 35-second recording was first shared by Nigerian journalist Ahmad Salkida of TheCable and released on Monday. Sharibu, who was kidnapped in February during a Boko Haram raid on a girls school in Dapchi, Yobe state, pleads:
“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. 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.”
The teen made news around the world when she was not released along with 110 others because she refused to renounce her faith in Jesus Christ.
International Christian Concern, one of the many groups that has been advocating for Sharibu’s release, said that her family confirmed that it is her voice on the recording.
But President Muhammadu Buhari has yet to reach out to them.
“The government has not contacted [us] ever since she has been abducted and even today they have not contacted [us],” the parents said.
They added that they “appreciate [everyone] who is working to ensure her release. [We] continue to plead for more pressure to be put on the government until she is released.”
Nathan Sharibu, her father, told BBC Pidgin that he is glad to know that his daughter is still alive.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov