SAN FRANCISCO, February 10, (THEWILL) – The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has described as absolute fake news of the reported death of abducted Dapchi school girl, Leah Sharibu,
He said the rumour of Miss 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.
According to him,“It’s absolutely fake news. There is nothing like that,” the Minister said at a press briefing in Ilorin, Kwara State, on Sunday.
“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.
Meanwhile, the family of abducted Sharibu, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to secure the release of their daughter from the captivity of Boko Haram terrorists.
They made the call while addressing a press conference on Sunday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
The briefing held ahead of the one year anniversary of Leah’s abduction by a faction of the Boko Haram sect – Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).
Leah’s mother, Rebecca Sharibu, who spoke in Hausa broke down in tears as she called for her daughter’s release.
She appealed to the President to make good his promise of ensuring that her daughter was freed from the custody of her abductors.
Another member of the family, Gloria Puldu, explained that the press briefing was called to remind Nigerians and the entire world that their daughter has not been released by her abductors.
Gloria said, “We as a family decided to call for the press briefing to ask everyone not to forget Leah because Leah is still in captivity.
“In less than eight days now, she will be spending one year in captivity if she is not released before then.
“Leah is in captivity because she refused to renounce her faith. Please, Leah should be set free, Leah should not be allowed to be killed in captivity,” she added.