Buhari confirms release of Dapchi girls as father reveals why daughter wasn’t freed

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The Presidency on Wednesday confirmed the release of students of Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe state who were abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists on February 19.

Speaking with newsmen, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, “Yes, the girls are being transported to safety. We will give details later. We thank God”.

Meanwhile, a parent to one of the abducted girls, Sheribu Nata, has stated that the girls were dropped in Dapchi town at about 8 o’clock on Wednesday morning but that his daughter, Leah Sheribu was not released by the Boko Haram terrorists because she refused to abandon her Christian faith for Islam.

Nata stated that he had spoken to about six parents who are already with their daughters, stressing that he is happy that his daughter did not denounce the faith.

According to him, “I was informed that my daughter was not released. All of them have been released but they said some were dead there, but my daughter is alive. They said she was a Christian that’s why they could not release her. They said she cannot be released until she becomes a Muslim. And my daughter said she would never be a Muslim.

“I spoke with about five to six of them whose daughters have been released. They are presently with their daughters in Dapchi. They were dropped by the Boko Haram people in Dapchi town this morning. I am happy because my daughter did not denounce her faith. They refused to release her because she refused to convert to Islam.”

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