The Presidency has reacted to reports that Leah Sharibu, one of the Dapchi schoolgirls abducted last year, has been killed by Boko Haram.
Grace Taku, an aid worker with Non-Governmental Organisation, Action Against Hunger, who was kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists on July 18, had claimed in a “proof of life video” released by insurgents that Leah alongside one Alice had been killed by the insurgents because of the Federal Government’s inability to “do something”.
In his reaction, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said in a Facebook post that negotiations for the release of all those in captivity were still ongoing.
Mr. Shehu, however fail to state categorically if Sharibu is alive or not, but said the Presidency had been briefed on the matter and that action would be taken.
He wrote, “The Presidency has been briefed by the responsible government agency about the disturbing video showing our citizens, the humanitarian aid workers held captive. The Presidency has been given assurances that contact is being made and the captors are being talked to.
“Beside these aid workers, there are some others about whom this engagement is about-Leah Sharibu, a religious leader and all the others. These discussions have been ongoing even before this time and what this latest incident has done is to bring urgency to the efforts that the secret service is making.
Government is making contacts, in the hope that the captors will see reason to not visit hardship or even harm on these innocent individuals.”