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As Leah Sharibu clocks 21, groups converge, call for prayers for her, 82 Chibok girls

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Images of Ms. Sharibu and a baby.

On her 21st birthday and 6th year in captivity, the Nigerian girl security forces left behind in captivity, Ms. Leah Sharibu, will be remembered by groups in a global prayer session on Tuesday.

The event is also for 82 Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents 10 years ago, according to the organisers of the session. However, there was no mention of Alice Ngaddah, a married nurse captured shortly after Ms. Sharibu, married off to another commander, despite having two children of her own before her abduction.

Ngaddah’s husband was known to have embarked on a fast for a while until information about him and his children dried up from the public space.

The prayer session comes amid reports that Ms. Sharibu has been twice married off and has two children for a dead Boko Haram commander, and a living one who is said to be a local chief judge within the insurgents realm of operation in the Lake Chad region.

The Gideon & Funmi Para-Mallam Peace Foundation, LEAH Foundation, CWEENS, PSJ, Nigeria and UK in a notice invites members of the public to the scheduled Zoom (Global Virtual Prayer) meeting with details as follows:

“Topic: Global Prayer for Leah Sharibu @ 21st Birthday and Other Girls; including 82 remaining Chibokgirls still in Boko Haram’s Captivity. They deserve freedom!, O God!! Arise!!!

“Date: Tuesday May 14th, 2024
Time: 18:00pm Nigerian Time (West Central Africa Time),
         17:00pm GMT
        13:00pm, BST, UK
         13:00pm, New York Time, USA
         13:00pm Tornoto Time, Canada
          12:00pm, Chicago, USA

“Join Zoom Meeting

“Meeting ID: 869 4761 3543
Passcode: 824208

“We invite all concerned friends in Nigeria, West Africa, East and Central Africa, Southern Africa, Asia, Latin America, North Africa, Europe, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Mexico, South East Asia, East Asia, Middleeast, Ocenaia Countries. Let’s gather and raise our voices and cry out to the God of justice to free these girls in captivity, held against their will. We will also hear specific testimonies and thank God for His divine interventions in doing the impossible.

“Let’s create massive mobilization on social media. Please attend and invite others to join in this virtual global prayer gathering to mark Leah’s 21st Birthday, Prayer for her freedom and many others still in captivity.”

Meanwhile, an online newspaper, Saharareporters reports that 21 years old Ms. Sharibu, dubbed “Nigeria’s forgotten schoolgirl from Yobe State” has married at least two Boko Haram leaders including Ali Abdallah who has now become a chief judge of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in the Lake Chad basin, according to an unnamed “repentant” terrorist last week.

Sharibu, a Christian girl, was one of the 110 female students of the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, who were abducted on February 19, 2018, by the Boko Haram terrorists.

The “repentant” Boko Haram fighter told SaharaReporters last week that Sharibu’s husband, Abdallah was recently appointed Chief Judge of the terror group in the Lake Chad basin.

“Leah was first married to Abdulrahman after she converted to Islam and they had one child, a baby boy. Her husband was killed in an air raid after which she remarried a top commander, Ali Abdallah to whom she bore a baby girl,” the Boko Haram ex-fighter said.

On January 25, 2020, SaharaReporters reported that Leah Sharibu, a Christian girl kidnapped and held in Boko Haram captivity for over one year, had given birth to a baby boy. 

Leah was delivered of the baby after her forceful marriage to a top Boko Haram commander, according to a reliable source close to the terror group. 

The source said Leah, who refused to renounce her Christian faith, was forced to accept Islam before being married to a top commander of the terror group. 

Also on March 23, 2021, SaharaReporters reported how three years and five weeks since her abduction in Dapchi, Yobe State, a United States-based group, US-Nigeria Law Group, lamented the plight of the abandoned Dapchi “heroine Christian” schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, with a report she has given birth to a second child in captivity.

It would be recalled that Leah, still held in captivity, was forced to accept Islam before being married off to a top Boko Haram commander after she refused to renounce her Christian faith.

Asked how he got the information, he said, “We still communicate with former compatriots who are still in the jungle; our aim is to help them abandon terrorism. You know, those of us who laid down arms did so after safety assurances from Nigerian authorities. Following the deal, we’re now serving as agents to convince former compatriots to abandon the ideology.

“Like me, a good number of us abandoned the ideology after realising that we were actually on a wrong path; abducting and killing innocent people for no just course.” 

“I had to take the decision to quit terrorism despite formally serving as of of Abubakar Shekau’s close aides before his demise. Yes, I was under Shekau’s tutelage right from kindergarten in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital before relocating to Sambisa forest,” he added.

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