Leah Sharibu, the Christian girl among the Dapchi schoolgirls kidnapped in February, marks her 15th birthday today.
This was disclosed on Sunday by her father, Sharibu Nathan, from their home in Dapchi, Yobe State as the girl remains in the captivity of Islamist terrorists Boko Haram.
Mr Nathan thanked Nigerians of all faith for their prayers for the safe return of their daughter, and called on the Federal Government to expedite her return.
While FG secured the release of the 110 schoolgirls of the Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi Yobe State abducted from their school compound in February 19, Leah Sharibu was held back by the terrorists for refusing to renounce Christianity.
President Muhammadu Buahri had promised her swift release, but over two months on, she remains in captivity.
As she turns 15, Christian groups in Nigeria, United States, United Kingdom and other parts of the world have called for special prayers to ‘celebrate’ her birthday, while many Nigerians have taken to social media to celebrate her and query FG over her continued captivity.
Here are some of the reactions on Twitter…
— #IamOlubo (@MOAdanu) May 14, 2018
Leah Sharibu the #DapchiGirl is in captivity today for 83 days, all her schoolmates are back (save for 5 who are unaccounted for) the government partook in arranging it so.
Today is her 15th birthday.
Please wish Leah a happy birthday.
Help ask #WhereIsLeahSharibu? pic.twitter.com/9GOixiRppz
— #BringBackOurGirls (@BBOG_Nigeria) May 14, 2018
2day is Leah Sharibu's 15th Birthday but she is currently in the hands of Boko Haram terrorists for refusing to renounce her faith in Jesus Christ, I celebrate you 2day Leah, I pray that you return safely. May God grant ur family the needed strength at this time#FreeLeahSharibu pic.twitter.com/Z5v4D852jO
— Oluyemi Fasipe 🇳🇬 (@YemieFASH) May 14, 2018
Leah Sharibu turns 15 today in captivity..the govt has moved on…her only crime is that she refused to convert to Islam…the same way 14 year old Habiba Isyaku turned 15 in captivity after she was abducted by the Emir of Katsina
Oh God..let your judgement be swift and brutal.
— Babasola Kuti (@SKSolaKuti) May 14, 2018
DAY 1,491 of #ChibokGirls' abduction, 112 still in captivity.
DAY 1061 under President Muhammadu Buhari's watch.
DAY 1,476 of consistent advocacy.
DAY 83 in captivity of Leah Sharibu and 5 other #DapchiGirls… https://t.co/E5J9H3NwbS
— #BringBackOurGirls (@BBOG_Nigeria) May 13, 2018
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LEAH SHARIBU. As you turn 15 today, grow in strength of mind and body. You're always in our hearts and prayers; we will never forget, the advocacy will go on, 'til you return to family and friends… pic.twitter.com/yz3qr9GxUL
— Jack Vince (@Jack_Vince77) May 14, 2018
MISS LEAH SHARIBU IS 15 YEARS TODAY.
— Monsieur 🤴🏾Oyagiri (@Mr_Oyagiri) May 14, 2018
Just for a few minutes, let's celebrate Leah Sharibu one of the kidnapped #DapchiGirls.
Leah Sharibu was detained because she refused to denounce Christ. Today, Leah Sharibu marks her 15th birthday in Boko Haram custody.
Dear Lord, please be with Leah and bring her back safely. pic.twitter.com/VS7wmAGrMo
— Iyá Lájè Of Lagos (@newscantell) May 14, 2018
Birthday girl Leah Sharibu… The Lord hasn't forgotten you.
— Poé3 (@Ani_WK) May 14, 2018
Where is Leah Sharibu 83 days after her abduction?
Leah turns 15 today, May 14.
And she is not back….
May she return to us in safety and peace, Amen!
Happy Birthday Leah!@MBuhari @ProfOsinbajo @FemAdesina @GarShehu @chrisngwodo @GbitseBarrow @Omojuwa @bonario89 @luianelka pic.twitter.com/gCZZeROVEG
— Inya Ode (@inya01) May 14, 2018