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“I’ll Take Boko Haram As In-law If Leah Will Be Released” – Rebecca Sharibu

For a mother whose daughter has remained in captivity on account of refusal to renounce her faith, even after her fellow abductees have been set free, and who is alleged to have been impregnated by one of her captors, nothing would be too much to bear, including having to accept one of the captors as an in-law.

Leah Sharibu’s mother is willing to go down this route just to secure the release of her beloved one.

As her daughter turned 17 last Thursday, May 14, and marks her third birthday in captivity, Mrs. Rebecca Sharibu, mother of Leah Sharibu, the only Chibok schoolgirl still in Boko Haram captivity, said she was ready to take an outlaw for an in-law as long as her daughter is set free, just as she expressed disappointment with the federal government’s unending negotiation for her daughter’s release, describing it as “a scam to satisfy themselves.”

Leah is the sole Christian among 110 schoolgirls abducted by the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) faction of Boko Haram from their school in Dapchi, Yobe State, on February 19, 2018.

In a brief encounter with The Guardian yesterday, Rebecca lamented the continuous absence of Leah, saying time for selection or option has either passed or not yet, and “all that matters now is the safe arrival of my precious Leah.”

On her reaction on hearing that Leah now has a child for one of her abductors, she stated: “We heard it, but we don’t believe it; it is a rumour. We don’t know if it is really true. “But if it is true, no problem, I still love her. The only thing paramount is for my daughter to be back.”

Assuming Leah returns with a baby strapped on her back, would she receive the baby as well? “I will receive both of them, after all it is my grandchild,” she stated.

But what if the husband shows up, would she accept him as in-law? She answered: “I will take him as my son as well; he is my in-law, no matter what,” she said, despite his faith and past actions, all for the sake of her daughter and grandchild.

“As long as my daughter is released to me and alive too. The only thing I live for now is for my daughter to be back

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