By Henry Umoru
Disturbed by the continued captivity of Leah Sharibu and others by Boko Haram insurgents since last year February, the Senate, yesterday asked the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency, expedite action for her release and the remaining pupils of Science Secondary School Dapchi, Yobe State.
Resolution of the Senate yesterday was a sequel to a point of Order by Senator Shehu Sani, PRP, Kaduna Central.
Senator Sani who drew the attention of his colleagues to the plight of Sharibu said that there was the need to urge the Federal to expedite action on whatever means possible in getting the girl rescued.
Sani who came through Order 43 of the Senate Standing Order that has to do with personal explanation said : ” Fourteen months of Leah Sharibu in the captivity of Boko Haram insurgents and five years of the yet to be released Chibok girls, calls for national concern and urgent need by relevant authorities to do all within their powers in getting them released.
Senator Sani who noted that Leah had been abducted for over a year and the Chibok girls for five years, said: “It has raised international concerns. The continued detention of the capture should touch on the conscience of all Nigerians.
“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 Taliban.
“Though government cannot be said not to 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.”
Being a matter raised under self-explanation, Shehu Sani’s motion was not put to the debate by other Senators but in his remarks, Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki said that all efforts must be made by the federal government in getting Leah and others released.
He said, “all efforts must be done to see to their release.”
It will be recalled that a splinter group of Boko Haram insurgents had 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 faith.
Though governments at both the Federal and State levels promised Leah Sharibu’s parents that her release from captivity would be done by all means possible, 13 months after, she is still in captivity of the insurgents .