We’re Negotiating With Boko Haram To Release Leah Sharibu, Aid Workers, Dapchi Girls – Presidency

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The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has reacted to the alarming a new video released by Boko Haram, revealing captives begging for their release.

On Thursday, a viral video showed one Grace Taku, an aid worker abducted by Boko Haram insurgents crying and begging for help and saying that Leah Sharibu is already dead.

Taku stated that Sharibu was killed because Buhari’s administration failed to act on securing her release.

However, reacting to the video, the Presidency said efforts are being made to secure the release of the captives, including Leah Sharibu and the every last of the Dapchi schoolgirls still being captive by Boko Haram.

This was disclosed in statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu.

The statement reads, “The Presidency has been briefed by the responsible government agency about the disturbing video showing our citizens, the humanitarian aid workers held captive.

“Presidency has been given assurances that contact is being made and the captors are being talked to.

“Besides 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 a reason to not visit hardship or even harm on these innocent individuals. Government is working.” 

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