Shock and anger greeted news that the remaining kidnapped Dapchii schoolgirl in Boko Haram’s custody, Leah Sharibu, had given birth to a child for one of the terrorists’ commanders
She was kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists along with 109 other schoolgirls on February 19, 2018 from Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State.
The President of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (Church of the Brethren), Rev. Joel Billi, told Sunday Punch that he was informed of the development by prominent journalist, Ahmad Sakilda.
Sakilda is one of the few people who have access to the Boko Haram Terrorists.
Billi said he got the call from Salkida on the same day the journalist announced the execution of the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Rev. Lawan Andimi, by the terrorists.
He told Sunday Punch: “Ahmed Salkida, whom I knew as a young boy when I was a pastor in Biu, called me to inform me that Andimi had been gruesomely murdered.
“I was also told by Ahmad Salkida that Leah Sharibu had given birth to a baby.
“I was devastated.
“I was staggering and almost fell down because I was shocked to hear that.
“I couldn’t absorb the shock because Leah Sharibu had become a symbol of the Christian faith.
“I consider her Christian faith stronger than even that of many church leaders.
“When I heard that Leah Sharibu was now a mother, I had to ask more than three times just to be sure.
“Ahmad Salkida said: ‘Leah Sharibu is now a mother.’”
Reacting to the news,,, the girl’s father, Nathan Sharibu, told Sunday Vanguard: “I have not heard that and I don’t want to hear any such news.”
Across social media, Nigerians reacted with grief that government had failed to rescue the girl after claiming that she was being held by the insurgents because she refused to renounce Christianity.