It has emerged that Boko Haram are not letting Leah Sharibu off the hook due to the refusal of the federal government to pay the ransom placed on the captive.
Leah, a Christian, is one of the 109 school girls abducted by Boko Haram in February 2018. Few of them died in the custody of their captors while 104 were later freed except the former.
“It is not that the government of Nigeria is not making efforts at getting Leah Sharibu out of the grips of the Boko Haram.
“But we are aware that the terrorist organisation holding her is demanding N100bn,” Punch quoted a diplomatic source involved in the negotiation for Leah’s release as saying.
The paper said, according to its source, the federal government’s refusal to grant Boko Haram’s demand was as result of the forthcoming general election, which the government feared the sect may use the said ransom to disrupt if paid.
Quoting the anonymous source: “Though no amount is too much to get the soul of one innocent person out of danger, I think the government of Nigeria is considering many things.
“We all know that elections are ahead and that the terrorist organisation may also be planning to embark on inflicting damage on the people; government has to be careful and also be diplomatic about it.”