By; SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
The Federal Government on Wednesday explained that the release of the abducted schoolgirl Leah Sharibu was being delayed due to the tedious nature of negotiating with terrorists.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed gave the explanation while fielding questions from State House correspondents at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Leah Sharibu was among the 111 girls abducted from Government Girls Science Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe State by the Boko Haram insurgents on February 19th.
While 105 of the girls were released in March after about one month in captivity, she is still being held by the terrorists for allegedly refusing to renounce her Christian faith.
Leah turned 15 on Monday.
The minister said, however, that government would not abandon her to her fate.
He said: “I think Mr. President actually addressed that issue in Washington and my position is always the same that we are yet to resolve the issue of six girls. 111 girls were kidnapped, 105 were returned and we are busy on daily basis asking and negotiating and asking what happened to those five officially at least and then what is delaying the young girl Leah Sharibu.
“Negotiations with insurgents are quite tortuous and complicated atimes but I can assure you we are not leaving her to her fate and those who should are daily busy working on her release.
“Anybody who negotiates with insurgents and terrorists in the world will know that is not a direct face to face negotiation like we are doing. Thank you.”