The Federal Government has stated that Boko Haram terrorists deliberately refused to release the captured Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu in order to divide Nigerians along the lines of religion.
Recall that Leah Sharibu was among 110 female students of the Government Science Secondary School, Dapchi, in Yobe State, abducted by Boko Haram in 2018.
Her case, in particular, attracted unprecedented local and global attention, owing to the fact that others were released, while she was detained for reportedly refusing to renounce her Christian faith. However, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, recently told a television programme that the terrorists know that holding Sharibu captive might cause religious tensions in the country.
The minister assured Nigerians that the Federal Government is making efforts through back channels to secure the release of the Dapchi schoolgirl. He urged Nigerians not to play into the hands of the terrorists by looking at security matters from the standpoint of religion or ethnicity.
Mohammed said, “We must please be careful and more responsible in the way we look at issues. This is exactly what the terrorists want to do, set Muslims against Christians”.