A former Executive Secretary, Nigeria National Missions Movement, Rev. Gideon Para-Mallam, has expressed concern over the lukewarm attitude of President Muhammadu Buhari towards the parents of Leah Sharibu.
According to him, Leah’s father, Nathan Sharibu, has been worried that apart from the fact that he “has not heard a single word about his daughter’s release beyond the promises,” he has not received any phone call from Buhari.
He also regretted that the kidnap of Leah Sharibu had been politicised by both government and certain groups.
Para-Mallam, who is a close friend of the Sharibu family and founder, Gideon and Funmi Para-Mallam Peace Foundation, expressed these views in a statement on Sunday to commemorate his 60th birthday which held on October 15.
Reports has it that the Jos-based religious activist has been one of the vocal voices championing the cause for the release of Leah Sharibu.
He said as of October 15, 2019, Leah Sharibu had spent 603 days in captivity.
The activist queried what Buhari would have done if Leah were his daughter.
He said, “On October 15, Leah’s father, Nathan Sharibu and I were on the phone again. We connect on a regular basis and this has been the case since March 2018, till date. He said he had not heard a single word about his daughter’s release beyond the promises. He also confirmed that he had not received any phone call or updates from the President of this country.
“Why is this the case? I am wondering deeply. Mr President, where is your humanity? Is life all about enjoying power in Aso Rock? You are a father and Nathan Sharibu is also a father. Before you were anything in government, you were a father.
“Mr President, 603 days? Would you have the presence of mind to lead Nigeria? A few minutes into writing this statement, Leah’s father and I were on the phone again. He shared with me that their life as a family is one of daily agony and pain; but they remain thankful to God.
“I encouraged him once again as I normally do, to remain hopeful about Leah’s release. He went further to tell me that October 14 was rather a very difficult night for him because he dreamt about Leah. He seemed distressed and unhappy.”