Catholic bishops demand release of Leah Sharibu

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Leah Sharibu
By Sunny A. David
Seven months after her abduction, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has reiterated calls for the release of Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu.
Ms Sharibu was kidnapped along with other school mates in February and left behind after the federal government negotiated the release of the abducted children a month later.
Following the negotiation, all the abducted girls were released, except Ms Sharibu and five others who died as a result of the abduction.
According to the released school girls, Ms Sharibu was left behind because she refused to denounce her Christian faith.
There have been calls for the release of Ms Sharibu. The federal government has also stated its commitment to ensuring that Ms Sharbu returns home safe to her family.
In a communiqué issued at the end of its second plenary conference for the year, the CBCN called for the unconditional release of Ms Sharibu and warned “against arbitrary use of power by government.”

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