President Muhammadu Buhari has commended Leah Sharibu for refusing to accept Islam as her religion in the Hands of Boko Haram insurgents who abducted her along with 109 other school girls from Dapchi secondary school in Yobe State on February 19 this year.
The President gave assurance of his commitment to the freedom of Sharibu who is the only one still in captivity as he was to the girls’ freedom when all 110 were in the captivity of Boko Haram terrorists.
In a statement today, Thursday, the senior special assistant to the President on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu quoted Buhari as stressing that his administration will not relent in efforts to bring Leah Sharibu safely back home to her parents as it has done for the other girls.
“President Buhari is fully conscious of his duty under the constitution to protect all Nigerians, irrespective of faith, ethnic background or geopolitical location and will not shirk in this responsibility.
“The President is equally mindful of the fact that true followers of Islam all over the world respect the injunction that there is no compulsion in religion.
“To this effect, no one or group can impose its religion on another.”
The President expressed sympathy to “the isolated parents who must watch others rejoice while their own daughter is still away. The lone Dapchi girl, Leah, will not be abandoned.”
President Buhari assured the Sharibu family that he will continue to do all he can to ensure that they also have cause to rejoice with their daughter soon. [myad]