Nigerian town awaits release of Christian girl held by Boko Haram

Aishat Alhaji, one of the kidnapped girls from the Government Girls Science and Technical College Dapchi who was freed

The Dapchi school girls, released by Book Haram insurgents in Yobe, on Sunday reunited with their families amidst celebrations by parents, friends and well-wishers in the town.

The schoolgirls were kidnapped on 19 February and released this week.

Buhari pledged to continue to work for her freedom, as well as that of the remaining Chibok girls.

The sources said the Shekau faction is less amenable to peace talks, which is fairly obvious, but a settlement with one faction would reduce attacks on soft targets and give the military more chance to apply further pressure on Shekau.

He said, "I am saying that government should look at our security apparatus; if it can not ensure adequate security in our schools in the North-East; let it stop running boarding schools".

But Leah's father admits it was devastating, especially for his wife Rebecca, who fell down when they realized their daughter Leah was not among the girls being released by Boko Haram. "She likes school very much and she likes church activities very much".




Their kidnapping in the town of Dapchi hit Buhari politically by undermining his claims a year before an election to have ended Boko Haram's almost decade-long insurgency.

"We believe the news of the girl's release is true because the body language of the security personnel, police and military, indicates the girl is on her way home", said another resident, Tijjani Goni.

But she could not find Leah anywhere. He said talks are continuing for the release of those who are still missing. Boko Haram loosely translates as Western education is forbidden or sinful. "I must send my children to school", Sharibu said.

The only Christian girl among the Dapchi schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram last month could have been freed along with her schoolmates but refused to renounce her faith, according to her mother.

"We are never in doubt about our focus and direction since the assumption of this administration - security, anti-corruption and revamping of our economy are the main focus of our government", President Buhari avowed.

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