Nathan Sharibu, the father of Leah Sharibu, the teenage girl abducted by Boko Haram, has insisted that the Federal Government and Ahmed Salkida, an investigative journalist, know the whereabouts of his daughter.
Sharibu said this in an interview on Sunday in reaction to the news that his daughter had given birth to a child in captivity for a Boko Haram commander.
A report had filtered out late Saturday that Leah had given birth to a child a few weeks ago, with Salkida breaking the news after he disclosed it to Reverend Joel Billi, President of the EYN, also known as Church of the Brethren.
Sharibu insisted that both the Federal Government and Salkida, who is known to have close ties with members of Boko Haram and broke news reports concerning the terrorists, are aware of where his daughter is being held.
Expressing unhappiness over the development, Sharibu, however, said he received the latest revelation of his daughter “with all pleasure”.
He noted that despite the troves of messages and calls and the psychological trauma occasioned by the report, he remains undaunted as signified by his attendance of church service on Sunday.
“There is no qualms. I have been receiving lots of calls from last night but all I can say is it is well. If that is the will of God it is well. Whatever they have done I receive it with all pleasure. The government knows of Leah’s whereabouts. I repeat it the government knows Leah’s whereabouts, more or less Ahmed Salkida. The government knows about her whereabouts. But whatever it is, I don’t have anything more to say, than to receive it (the condition of Leah) with all pleasure,” Sharibu told the Punch.
Salkida is currently on exile in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, after the Nigerian military accused him of having close ties with the insurgents.