The Senate has called on the Federal Government to expedite action for the release of Leah Sharibu, the only remaining student of Government Science Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe State, who has remained in captivity of the Boko Haram insurgents.
The Senate made the call on Thursday following the adoption of a point of order during the plenary session.
The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central senatorial district, Shehu Sani Sani had taken the floor through a point of order, citing Order 43 of the Senate Standing Orders 2015, as amended to draw the attention of the Senate to the plight of the abducted girl.
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He told the Senate that the Federal Government needed to expedite action and ensure the girl is rescued by whatever means possible.
A splinter group of Boko Haram insurgents on the 19th of February 2018 abducted a total of 115 girls from the School but released 109 a month after, claiming that five out of the abducted girls died in captivity while Leah Sharibu was held back for refusing to renounce her Christian faith.
Though both the Federal and Yobe State Governments have promised Leah Sharibu’s parents that her release from captivity would be ensured.
Sani, therefore, urged the Federal Government to expedite action on whatever means possible in getting the girl rescued.
While nothing that Sharibu has been in captivity for fourteen months and this is the fifth year of the yet to be released Chibok girls, Sani, who noted that this is a course for national concern called highlighted urgent need by relevant authorities to do all within their powers in getting them released.
“What perhaps may be the most important strategy to be adopted in getting Leah and others out of captivity, is the option of dialogue with their abductors.
“It has worked in so many other places where similar abductions took place like Afghanistan, Pakistan etc, terrorised by the Talibans,” he added.
Acknowledging that government have taken actions in getting Leah and others released, but there is need for it to redouble and expedite actions “in that direction for parents and relatives of the abductees be freed from psychological trauma they must have been facing and for the abductees to know that they have a country that cares for them,” he said.