According to a source close to Boko Haram, Leah Sharibu was forced to accept Islam before being married off to the sect commander.
After one year in captivity, the remaining Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, has been delivered of baby boy.
According to Sahara Reporters, Leah was forced to accept Islam before she was married off to a Boko Haram commander while in captivity.
Leah, the only Christian student among the kidnapped students from Government Secondary School, Dapchi, Adamawa State, refused to denounce her faith and was denied freedom in 2018.
Despite calls for her release, the terrorists vowed to keep her as a “slave for life”.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has continued insist that the they’re in talks with Boko Haram leaders for Leah’s release.
Spokesperson of the family and senior lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Jos, Dr. Gloria Puldu, described the report as a rumour.
He said the only desire of the family was to have their daughter with or without a baby.
“I have seen reports that Leah had a baby boy. That is just a rumour as far as we are concerned. What we even desire is to see a proof of life so that we see Leah by ourselves. If they are able to have Leah safe, we will understand,” Puldu said according to Punch.
“The most important thing is that we want her to be alive. And if she is alive, we will praise God for that. They should release her, despite whatever condition she is in. That is all; it doesn’t matter whether she is pregnant or with a baby. Is it not better to have your child alive? So, it doesn’t matter, all we are interested in is her life and safety.
“I spoke with Jennifer, who was in Boko Haram captivity, last Monday or Tuesday. I was able to speak with her one-on-one and she told us that she did not see Leah in captivity, but she was with Alison Gada, who informed her that Leah was alive, healthy and not dead,” he added.
Salkida confirms Leah is now a mother
President of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (Church of the Brethren), Rev Joel Billi, noted a journalist who has access to Boko Haram, Ahmad Salkida, told him Leah had become a mother.
Billi said he got the call from Salkida on the same day the journalist announced the execution of the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Rev Lawan Andimi, by the insurgents.
“Ahmed Salkida, whom I knew as a young boy when I was a pastor in Biu, called me to inform me that Andimi had been gruesomely murdered.
“I was also told by Ahmad Salkida that Leah Sharibu had given birth to a baby. I was devastated. I was staggering and almost fell down because I was shocked to hear that. I couldn’t absorb the shock because Leah Sharibu had become a symbol of the Christian faith. I consider her Christian faith stronger than even that of many church leaders. When I heard that Leah Sharibu was now a mother, I had to ask more than three times just to be sure. Ahmad Salkida said, ‘Leah Sharibu is now a mother.’”
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has said that it is making efforts to secure the release of Leah.