Leah Sharibu: We Can Never Allow Terrorists to Divide Us, Buhari Says

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SWITZERLAND, FEBRUARY 20 – President Muhammadu Buhari has asserted that his regime will not allow terrorists to divide the country as Christians against Muslims.

This is as Nigerians and other concerned stakeholders mark the two-year anniversary of Boko Haram’s abduction of 110 girls, inclduing Leah Sharibu from the village of Dapchi, in Borno State.

According to a statement released by the presidency, Buhari said:

“Two years ago, 110 innocent children from the town of Dapchi were taken, against their will, by the terrorists of Boko Haram. 107 survived the ordeal. Today all but one – Leah Sharibu – are returned to their families.

“Now aged 16, Leah remains in the hands of the terrorists – they say because she refuses to renounce her Christian faith. “We say, as the Govt for and of all Nigerians,that no person has the right to force another to change their faith against their will & that all life is sacred.

“This government continues and seeks to secure the release of all children and captives of terrorists – and we do so regardless of their creed or the name of their creator.

“As we redouble our efforts for Leah’s return, we can never allow the terrorists to divide us – Christian against Muslim, Muslim against Christian. We are all Sons of Abraham. And all Nigerians have the same worth and rights before the law, and before God.”

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