Leah Sharibu: one year in the Boko Haram’s clutches

Leah Sharibu: one year in the Boko Haram’s clutches



 -CitizenGO launched a petition for her freedom that collected over 200,000 endorsements since last October

MADRID, 18 February, 2019.- It’s been a year since Leah Sharibu, a Nigerian schoolgirl that was captured one year ago by Boko Haram Islamist terrorists and hasn’t been freed until now for refusing to convert to Islam.

CitizenGO, launched a petition last October, and it is subscribed by over 200,000 people, demanding her immediate release.  

Last February 19th, 2018 Leah and over a hundred girls were kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam. CitizenGO realizes that the only Christian girl among the Dapchi schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram could have been freed along with her schoolmates but she was not: “Boko Haram did not release my daughter because the young woman refused to abandon her faith to embrace the Muslim religion", Leah’s mother added.

Not giving up on Leah

CitizenGO has performed a few actions ever since Leah was kidnapped. Lacking any results from the Federal government, it registered a court case at the highest court in West Africa (ECOWAS) suing the Nigerian government hoping that would motivate President Buhari to take action. Several prayer calls were issued online as well.

During 2018, To show her the massive support this online petition gathered, CitizenGO has performed several other actions. First, the signatures were delivered to Nigerian embassies around the world, notably United Kingdon, Kenya, Argentina, Poland, Mexico, Spain, and France. CitizenGO demanded to end Christian Persecution in Nigeria and Leah’s liberation. Her mother also received them at her home from our Campaign Director in Africa, Anne Kioko.

In early September, At the Nigerian embassies in London and Madrid, for the 200-day captivity commemoration, CitizenGO brought an empty desk, symbolizing her deprivation of a right to education, as well as her freedom.

Last November, at the UN in Geneva, during the Universal Periodic Review for Human Rights, CitizenGO lobbied to have the Nigerian government publicly questioned on this issue. Only Montenegro and New Zealand asked specifically about her.

Finally, not a few days ago rumors spread about her death, but those were dismissed by both government and Leah’s family.

Please check our petition to free Leah Sharibu.

Press materials

- Click here to see several gatherings at Nigerian embassies (September 2018).

- Click here to see the signatures delivered to Leah’s mother.
- Click here to see the signatures delivered to the Nigerian Embassy in London (July 2018).
- Click here to see the signatures delivered to the Nigerian Embassy in Kenya.


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