President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to ensure the safe return of Leah Sharibu, the only girl held back by Boko Haram over her refusal to denounce her faith.
Sharibu is one of the 110 Dapchi school girls abducted by Boko Haram.
She was not set free along with the others as she was said to have refused to wear hijab or denounced her faith.
But in a statement issued by his media aide, Mallam Garba Shehu, the president said he remained committed to securing her release from the den of the terrorists.
The statement reads:
“President Muhammadu Buhari is as committed to the freedom of the only Dapchi schoolgirl still in captivity as he was to the girls‘ freedom when all 110 were in the captivity of Boko Haram terrorists.
“The Buhari administration will not relent in efforts to bring Leah Sharibu safely back home to her parents as it has done for the other girls after she was held back by the terrorists over her decision, as reported, not to convert from Christianity to Islam.
“President Buhari is fully conscious of his duty under the constitution to protect all Nigerians, irrespective of faith, ethnic background or geo-political location and will not shirk in this responsibility.
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“The President is equally mindful of the fact that true followers of Islam all over the world respect the injunction that there is no compulsion in religion.
“* To this effect, no one or group can impose its religion on another.
“His heart goes out to the isolated parents who must watch others rejoice while their own daughter is still away.
“The lone Dapchi girl, Leah, will not be abandoned.
“President Buhari assures the Sharibu family that he will continue to do all he can to ensure that they also have cause to rejoice with their daughter soon.”