FG Denies Reports That Leah Sharibu Is Dead
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has described
as ‘absolute fake news’ the reports on social media that abducted Dapchi
school girl, Leah Sharibu, has died in captivity.
“It’s absolutely fake news. There is nothing like that,” the Minister said at a press briefing in Ilorin, Kwara State
He said the rumour of Sharibu’s death, which surfaced just a few days
to the presidential election, is another ploy by the political
opposition to tarnish the image of the administration and exploit
primordial sentiments ahead of the polls.
“I think it’s part of the opposition’s strategies to throw everything
at the administration and at the President. I think everyday they are
realizing the hopelessness of their position.
“Everyday they are amazed by the support Mr. President is receiving
from every part of the country and they have decided that they are going
to spread falsehood, inflame passion and make this election a
Muslim-Christian affair or North-South affair, but people are not
listening to them,” Alhaji Mohammed said.
Leah was abducted alongside her classmates in Dapchi in February
2018. In March of the same year, the sect members released her
colleagues but failed to release her because she refused to convert to
the Islamic faith. She has been in Boko Haram custody since then.