The government of Nigeria hopes to put a rumor to rest: Leah Sharibu is still alive.
The rumor made social media rounds in the last couple of months. A spokesman for Voice of the Martyrs Canada, Greg Musselman gives some context: “About a year and a half ago, February of 2018, Leah was kidnapped along with over 100 girls (in the northwest part of Nigeria, in Yobi state), by the Boko Haram. Eventually, all the girls were released except Leah because she refused to renounce her faith in Jesus.”
Yeah, but can you believe the government?
President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration officially denies the story of Sharibu’s reported death, but his track record with Christians creates a credibility issue. Amnesty International fiercely criticized Buhari for his inaction on security issues. Musselman agrees.
“The government is not always trustworthy. The bigger issue is they have not been able to secure her release. That’s been a difficult situation, and then there’s also the ongoing killing of Christians.”
However, the federal government says it is in talks with Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) about Leah’s release, and that’s hopeful news. “There’s no reason for them to say that she’s alive if she wasn’t. I think they would then condemn the Boko Haram for needlessly killing this young lady.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, R.B. Klama