Do you have this kind of faith?
The father of a 15-year-old Nigerian girl is pleading with his country’s federal government to rescue his daughter from the hands of Boko Haram, who kidnapped her along with 110 other girls from their boarding school.
All of the other girls have been released–except for Leah, who refuses to renounce her Lord and Savior.
“I want pressure on the federal government that they should do something at least,” her father, Nathaniel Sharibu, told Nigerian reporters, according to CBN.
Earlier this summer, the United Nations released a report alleging that the Nigerian government agreed to pay a ransom for all the girls except Leah. Now her father wants the government to pay for his daughter’s release.
“They should react and pay the ransom so that they can release them,” Sharibu said. “I am pleading. I am pleading.”
The terror group has warned that they would kill Leah unless a ransom was paid for her release.
In a series of tweets, Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari promised to rescue all those being held by Boko Haram.
“We will continue to do everything possible to ensure the safe return of all of our people held by Boko Haram,” Buhari said. “This is a vow we intend to fully keep.”
In another tweet, Buhari said: “Let me again assure that no one —including Leah Sharibu —will be left behind.”
In August, Boko Haram released a “proof of life” audio recording reportedly of Leah pleading with government authorities to rescue her.
“I am begging you to treat me with compassion. I am calling on the government, particularly the president, to pity me and get me out of this serious situation,” she reportedly said on tape. The group also released a picture of Leah allegedly showing her wearing traditional Islamic garb.
In 2014, Boko Haram famously kidnapped 200 girls from the town of Chibok. While 93 of those girls were eventually returned, more than 100 still remain missing.
UNICEF reports that 1,000 children have been kidnapped by the Islamic militant group in Nigeria since 2013.
The Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), declared three days of intercessional prayer and fasting for Leah Sharibu which began on Monday, September 24th.
“Following the recent threat to the life of Leah Sharibu and her continued incarceration in the hands of her abductors, the church has declared Monday to Wednesday a time of prayer and fasting for her release and other abductees of Boko Haram,” Rev. Yunusa Nmadu of ECWA said in a statement. “The latest threat by terrorists to kill their captives avidly shows that we are now at the mercy of terrorists who now determine our existence.”
Let’s keep our dear sister Leah in prayer and please share this article to get the word out!!
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