Nigeria’s information minister Lai Mohammed Sunday said the rumoured death of the abducted Dapchi girl Leah Sharibu is “absolute fake news” and accused the opposition of wanting to score a political point with the rumours.
“I think it’s part of the opposition’s strategies to throw everything at the administration and at the President,” Mohammed said in a statement.
“I think every day they are realising the hopelessness of their position.”
Leah was among the 111 girls of Government Girls Science and Technology College that were kidnapped from their hostels in Dapchi, Yobe State on February 18, 2018.
105 girls were released by their Boko Haram abductors about a month later after what the Nigerian government said was a “back-channel” negotiation. But a UN report said the government paid a huge ransom before they were freed.
While five of the girls died while being conveyed to Dapchi by their kidnappers, Leah was denied freedom because she refused to convert to Islam.