President Buhari released a statement on Tuesday, February 18, commemorating the kidnapping of the only remaining Dapchi schoolgirl in captivity, Leah Sharibu. EOLBREAK EOLBREAK EOLBREAK EOLBREAK The Nigerian leader has stated that no one can force Nigerians against their will to change their religion because everyone has the right to practice any religion they choose. EOLBREAK EOLBREAK EOLBREAK EOLBREAK Buhari, who regretted the captivity of Leah Sharibu, assured Nigerians that his administration will continue to work to ensure that she and other captive children recover their freedom.
The statement reads:
WE’LL CONTINUE TO SEEK AND SECURE RELEASE OF ALL CHILDREN AND CAPTIVES OF TERRORISTS– PRESIDENT BUHARI On Dapchi’s second anniversary, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, makes the following statement: Two years ago, 110 innocent children from the town of Dapchi were kidnapped, against their will, by Boko Haram terrorists. 107 They survived the calamity. All but one today– Leah Sharibu– is being returned to their homes. EOLBREAK EOLBREAK Now aged 16, Leah remains in the terrorists ‘ possession-they say that she refuses to give up her Christian faith
We say, as the government for and of all Nigerians, that no one has the right to force another against their will to change their faith, and that all life is sacred. EOLBREAK EOLBREAK This government is continuing and seeking to secure the release of all terrorist children and captives– and we are doing so regardless of their creed or creator’s name. EOLBREAK EOLBREAK We can never allow the terrorists to divide us– Christian against Muslim, Muslim against Christian– as we redouble our efforts for Leah’s return. We are all Abraham’s Brothers. And before the Constitution, and before Christ, all Nigerians have the same values and rights. EOLBREAK EOLBREAK
Signed: President and Commander-in-Chief Muhammadu Buhari, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Abuja.