The presidency declared on Thursday that a new video published by Boko Haram, which shows that the captives were disturbing and called for urgent action by the competent security agencies.
He said that urgent efforts must be made to ensure the release of captives, including Leah Sharibu and the last of the Dapchi female students who are still in the hands of the terrorist group.
In a statement by the president’s special assistant for the media and publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu, the presidency noted that the captives included aid workers and a religious leader.
It stated, “The Presidency has been briefed by the responsible government agency about the disturbing video showing our citizens, the humanitarian aid workers held captive.
“Presidency has been given assurances that contact is being made and the captors are being talked to.
“Besides these aid workers, there are some others about whom this engagement is about — Leah Sharibu, a religious leader and all the others.
“These discussions have been ongoing even before this time and what this latest incident has done is to bring urgency to the efforts that the secret service is making.
“Government is making contacts, in the hope that the captors will see reason to not visit hardship or even harm on these innocent individuals. Government is working.” Latest Nigeria News could not verify the claims made in the video.
Sharibu was among the 112 girls kidnapped from the Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State by Boko Haram members on February 19, 2018.
The Chairman, Chibok Community in Abuja, Mr Tsambido Abana, told The PUNCH he was not aware of Sharibu’s reported death.
A member of the #BringBackOurGirls group, Aisha Yesufu, also declined comment, saying she could not verify the video.
CAN spokesman, Pastor Bayo Oladeji, said the Christian body was trying to verify the claims in the video, adding that he would issue a statement on Friday (Today).
“We have asked our contacts in Maiduguri to find out about Sharibu’s condition and once we have the right information, I would issue a statement,” he added.