The family of Leah Sharibu has resorted to prayers over the demand of N100bn ransom by the Boko Haram insurgents from the Federal Government.
A friend of her mother and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, University of Jos, Dr Gloria Samdi Puldu, told Punch that the need for prayers to be intensified became necessary given the enormous amount.
Puldu said, “We read the story (of the demand for N100bn) in the media. Ours is to pray and keep praying for the government and that is all we can say. We are praying for Leah Sharibu; we are praying for the government and even praying for Boko Haram. What do we do and what can we say?
“I have been in contact with Leah Sharibu’s parents and I spoke with them yesterday (Sunday). As I said, we have to pray because what else can be said about the demand for N100bn? Is there anything somebody can say about it? It’s just prayers, and that is all we are doing.
“We are praying for Leah, we are praying for the government, we are praying for Boko Haram and everybody. Let God intervene in this situation; that is all. I spoke with her parents, it is only prayers.”
After threatening to kill her if the Federal Government didn’t meet their demands, Boko Haram demanded N100bn ransom before the girl could be released.
Leah Sharibu is one of the 110 female students of Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, who had been held in captivity since February 19, 2018, by Boko Haram Islamists.
She was held back by the insurgents while others were released on account of her Christian faith.