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FW: UK MP joins campaign advocating for the release of Leah Sharibu, the last Dapchi girl

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September 6th, 2018 marked the 200th day since Leah Sharibu was abducted by Islamic extremist sect, Boko Haram, along with 100 other school girls in Dapchi, Yobe State.

In a dramatic turn of events, many of the girls were released on March 21st, 2018 after over a month in captivity. All except Leah Sharibu. According to reports, Leah was kept because she refused to put on the hijab and renounce her Christianity.

Thomas Brake, a member of the UK parliament, participated in a 200-hour #FreeLeah campaign held outside the Nigerian High Commission in London. The campaign was organised by the advocacy group, Church World Service (CWS) and involved taking turns to seat at a school desk placed in front of the Nigerian High Commission office with Leah’s portrait.


What is the update on Leah?

According to the Presidency, the Government is doing its best to ensure that Leah is reunited with her family.

Tortuous negotiations are still ongoing daily to secure her safe release,” - Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information

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