The former Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri led a protest at Nigeria’s High Commission in London on August 6th, to demand the release of Leah Sharibu, one of the schoolgirls kidnapped in Dapchi, Yobe State, by Boko Haram but however held back when others were released because she refused to convert to Islam.
Speaking in London, Omokri encouraged the Nigerian government to negotiate her release. Noting that the insurgent group had released an audio to show that she is alive, he urged President Buhari not to use the kidnap of Leah to score cheap political points.
“President Muhammadu Buhari, you should do everything within your power. Don’t try to use that to score political points and then keep her and then maybe release her when it’s time for the elections. Let her go now,” Omokri said.
He condemned the terrorist group for the continued detention of Leah, stating that the act is “anti-Islam and anti-Quran. What you are doing is wrong; it is anti-Islam, anti-Quran. Release Leah Sharibu,” he added.
He affirmed that he had spoken with Leah’s mother, Rebecca Sharibu, who thanked Nigerians for their support but begged the Nigerian government to ensure her daughter’s release.