Justin Tyopuusu, Jalingo
Mrs. Rebecca Sharibu, the mother of Leah, the only Dapchi schoolgirl still being held by Boko Haram, will on Thursday (today) attend a special prayer session for her daughter’s release in Abuja.
Rebecca told our correspondent on the telephone on Wednesday that some concerned Nigerians had organised a special prayer session for Leah’s release and that she would be attending the inaugural prayer session in Abuja on Thursday.
Leah’s mother, who appreciated the continuous prayers for Leah’s release by both Christians and Muslims across the country, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to hasten the process of her daughter’s release.
“My life is no longer the same since the abduction of Leah on February 19. I want to appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to rekindle our hope and happiness.
“I have lost sleep since the abduction of my daughter. Some of the parents whose daughters were released have since put the incident behind them, but my case is different.
“I am still in pains and I want to appeal to our President to do everything within his powers to ensure the release of Leah. Her continuous stay in the hands of Boko Haram will affect her greatly,” she appealed.
Leah’s father, Mr. Sharibu Nathan, welcomed the prayer session and appealed to the Federal Government to facilitate the timely release of Leah who he lamented was going through turbulent times.
Another family source said the prayer was organised by some Christians who promised to continue to intercede for Leah until she regained her freedom.
The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, had last week directed Christians across the country to pray for the release of Leah at Easter.
Meanwhile, the Presidential Committee for North-East Initiative and the Yobe State Government on Wednesday commenced a five-day training programme for 372 primary schoolteachers in Damaturu.
The PCNI Programme Officer, Mrs. Faith Anifowoshe, said the committee was in Yobe to build the capacity of primary schoolteachers due to insurgency in the state.
“We are actually in Yobe State to commence capacity building of 372 primary schoolteachers who were disintegrated by insurgency in the North-East.
“This will enable children in this part of the country to get the required knowledge after lots of them were forced to abandon their education.
“At the end of this programme, we hope the teachers will be better equipped to handle the challenging situation at hand.
“This is because education in the North-East, even before the crisis, is a bit backward compared to other parts of the country, which is made worse by the insurgents’ activities,” Anifowoshe said.
One of the facilitators, Dr. Ali Ibrahim of the Yobe State University, said that the major aim was to improve the teaching and learning capacity of teachers and students in the state.
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