Yobe CAN holds prayers for release of Leah Sharibu
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Yobe State has organised special prayers for the release of the only Christian girl, Leah Sheribu, still held captive by the Boko Haram insurgents.
It would be recalled that Sheribu, who was abducted alongside other schoolgirls at Government Girls Science Technical College Dapchi on February 19, was not released by the insurgents following her refusal to denounce Christianity as her faith.
The prayer session, which was well attended by the Christian community across the state, also had Leah’s mother, Mrs. Rebecca Sheribu, who travelled from Dapchi to Damaturu for the prayers. Apart from the sober mood of worshippers in the church, special prayers from different ministers were offered for the quick release of the girls from her abductors.
Many worshippers carried placards with various inscriptions calling on governments and those involved in the negotiations for the release of Leah. The chairperson of the women wing of CAN in Yobe, Mrs. Margaret Ajayi, lamented the pains that Leah’s parents are going through, especially after her mates were released and she was held behind.
As parents, it is really heartbroken that your child is in the hands of people you don’t trust. Our prayers are for the girl to be released unconditionally to the parents,” she said.
Leah’s mother, Rebecca Sharibu, expressed her appreciations to all Nigerians and the entire world for standing by the family since the abduction of her daughter. She called on the authorities to without delay work towards securing her daughter’s freedom.
“We are grateful for those that are praying for her. And we pray that God will bring her back safe and alive. All the time they said she would be return were all lies. I am begging government, the same way they brought back the other girls should be the same way they should bring back Leah. For Boko Haram, God should touch their hearts to bring back my daughter safely.
“The day I heard Leah was to be returned and it turned out to be lies, I have never slept since then. They drove everyone from town that they are bringing my daughter even the people that went to greet me had to rush out of the house,” Mrs. Sharibu said.