Mixed reactions have been trailing the video of Leah Sharibu‘s purported death. Nigerians took to social media to express their worries and griefs about the claims by Grace Taku, an aid worker abducted by Boko Haram terrorists that Leah Sharibu, the only Dapchi schoolgirl in Boko Haram, captivity is dead.
Taku made the revelation in a video released by the insurgents in which she called on the Federal Government of Nigeria not to abandon her as they abandoned Leah and Alice which resulted in their deaths.
Reactions on Twitter
@FakhuusHashim, said, “Leah Sharibu has reportedly been killed by Boko Haram. A tragedy! Leah was the only girl left behind during the rescue of Dapchi girls. May her soul find peace! The Nigerian state has failed her.”
@Thedabigal wrote, “We as human and as a country failed Leah Sharibu. This news, if true, is heartbreaking. We are just a bunch of people living in a failed system and with zero humanity.”
@Nonso_ tweeted, “I don’t know what’s worse, people politicizing Leah Sharibu’s death or those calling her a martyr. She was a child, a child full of promise. The least we could do at this moment is to pay our condolence. She didn’t deserve this. Nobody deserves this. I hope she is finally at peace.”
@DrChiemeziem said, “Hearing that Leah Sharibu has been killed in captivity breaks my heart. Some of the things Buhari has gotten away with were things y’all crucified Jonathan for. Now, where’s the outrage? Y’all are silent? As expected. Keep it up.”
While some Nigerians questioned the efforts the Federal Government claimed to have put into rescuing her.
@MartinsAniobi said, “What effort did the retired man of God, Professor Yemi Osinbajo put to facilitate her release? Buhari has failed Nigerians. If Osinbajo had a conscience, he would resign. RIP Leah Sharibu.”
@hand2ome tweeted, “Nobody holds Buhari responsible for anything. Nigeria is a wicked place. I pray this news of Leah Sharibu is false.”
@Iammisterpaul said, “In a sane clime, the President would have resigned. Truth is if Buhari wanted Leah Sharibu released, she would have been released a long time ago. It’s a sad day, a very sad day. Rest in power, Leah! We won’t forget you.”
A former presidential aide, Reno Omokri, has, however, urged Nigerians not to jump to conclusion with the news.
He wrote on Twitter, “I watched Boko Haram’s video in which one of the abducted aid workers, Grace Taku, alleged things about Leah Sharibu’s state of life. Don’t jump to the conclusion. I am trying to verify her claim. A journalist with access to Boko Haram doubts the claim. But I am still investigating.”
The Presidency has condemned the latest video released by Boko Haram insurgents. The footage reveals some abducted humanitarian aid workers calling on government and Nigerians to rescue them from their captors.
Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, made the condemnation in a statement in Abuja.
According to him, the latest video has created urgency for the security agencies; especially the secret service, to ensure the release of those held captive by terrorist groups.
The presidential aide said: “The Presidency has been briefed by the responsible government agency about the disturbing video showing our citizens, the humanitarian aid workers, held captive.
“Presidency has been given assurances that contact is being made and the captors are being talked to.”