CitizenGO — An NGO — Fights For Leah Sharibu’s Freedom
CitizenGO a Non-Governmental Organisation [NGO] is fighting for the release of Leah Sharibu, the young school girl that was abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in Dapchi, Yobe State.
Recall that the terrorists refused to release young Sharibu because she refused to denounce her faith – Christianity – and convert to Islam.
In a newsletter made available to ElombahNews, CitizenGO appraised this medium of its efforts to secure freedom for Leah Sharibu.
The Boko Haram terrorist group released 100 girls in March but did not release young Sharibu because of her faith. She refused to denounce her faith when asked to do so by the terrorist group resulting to her detention. This is saddening that she is still at the hands of the terrorist group months later.
One of its agents, Ann Kioko wrote ElombahNews:
“Only a mother can know how Leah’s mother feels. Recently she spoke to me (I represented CitizenGO) and she expressed her sorrow that it was months since her daughter was abducted by Boko Haram and nothing concrete has come forth about her plan or efforts to be released.
“Leah’s mother in this video calls for the Nigerian Federal government and President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to her plea.
“Mrs. Rebecca Sharibu also expressed her hope now that CitizenGO is standing with her and hoped to see her daughter soon.
“Watch the video here of my interview with Leahs Mother in her house in Dapchi, Northern Nigeria.
“We also promised not to stop the efforts.
“This week our offline campaigns manager for the United Kingdom delivered 111,000 signatures to the Nigerian ambassador to the United Kingdom demanding for his intervention in releasing the heroic teenager still being held by the Boko Haram Insurgents.
“We have also done a press release on this issue which you can access by clicking here,” Kioko said.
CitizenGO, however, assured that they are not stopping at this, rather, will keep on working until they receive a victory for their efforts.
To contribute in the effort to help Leah and situation in Nigeria, one is requested to write to any Nigerian ambassador , foreign affairs minister or member of parliament, asking them to come through as the situation is dire.
So far, about 111,000 signatures have been collated and still counting.
Find below Kioko’s report about her trip to visit Leah’s mother and delivering of signatures to President Buhari:
We finally delivered your signatures to Leah Sharibu’s mother!
It involved travelling thousands of kilometers to get to North Eastern Nigeria to look for Mama Leah Sharibu!
To be honest with you I did not expect it to be an easy travel but it only takes a lot of courage to cover such a journey in only two days! Leah Sharibu has taught us to be courageous as we serve Jesus Christ!
More than 111,000 people demand the end of Christian Persecution and #FreedomforSharibu, a teenager still in the hands of the terrorist group Boko Haram
Most of the people including Nigerians would dread taking a trip to North Eastern Nigeria but CitizenGO is committed to making sure that persecuted Christians across the world receive as much support as possible!
Just to let you have an idea of what I had to go through, it involved 13 hours of road travel from Abuja, Nigeria, to Maiduguri in Borno State and 13 hours of road travel back.
Borno is home of Sambisa forest the habitat of Boko Haram.
Getting to Maiduguri meant I was almost there, the next day I had to do eight hours to the village of Dapchi where Leah’s parents stay.
It also involved procuring an interpreter, a driver and a police service man to manouver tens of military stops on the bumpy roads.
In this village in March 2018, 110 girls were abducted by Boko Haram, Leah was the only girl who refused to renounce her faith, we visited her mother in this quiet and abandoned village to deliver the signatures.
Leah’s mother expressed her hopes when she went through names of those that had signed the petition urging President Buhari to speed the freedom of her daughter.
In her own words, she realized she was not alone!
Leah’s mother in an interview with myself asked for your prayers as well as asked the federal government of Nigeria to show some more commitment in rescuing her daughter from the Islamic insurgents – Boko Haram.
“It is 4 months, 6 days without seeing my daughter,” said the sad mother.
Later after the Dapchi visit, I delivered signatures to President Buhari’s office in Abuja!
The signatures urged the president to look into Leah Sharibu’s Freedom call and end Christian Persecution in Nigeria which has really escalated.
On Sunday night, over 200 Christians were massacred by Fulani Herdsmen and this seems to get even worse.
Please if you have not signed the petition, sign now and share: https://www.citizengo.org/en-af/sy/161377-stand-persecuted-church-nigeria
Ann Kioko and the entire CitizenGO team
PS: Over 200 Christians were massacred in Plateau. Leah Sharibu is still held captive by Boko Haram yet there are no concrete actions by Buhari’s government.
Please , can you write to any Nigerian embassy near you asking them to take action?
Also lets create a huge movement against Christian persecution in Nigeria, sign this petition and SHARE it.
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