Nigerians Renew Agitation for Leah Sharibu As S/Arabia Frees Zainab Aliyu

* Sharibu (l), and Aliyu
Following the release of  Zainab Aliyu -  a Nigerian student arrested and detained in Saudi Arabia - secured by Nigeria's Federal Government,  Nigerians have taken to the social media in renewed agitation for the government to equally use its   influence and secure the release of Leah Sharibu who has been in the custody of the Boko Haram terrorists for  432 days

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, announcing Aliyu's release  at a news conference in Abuja explained that the government has been able to establish the innocence of Zainab and the second Nigerian involved in the case, Ibrahim Abubakar will be released Wednesday  to the Nigerian Mission

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Affairs Abike Dabiri-Erewa in a statement Monday  stated that President  Muhammadu Buhari had directed  the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, to swiftly intervene and secure Aliyu's immediate release

Aliyu, a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, was arrested in Saudi Arabia after a banned drug, tramadol, was found in her bag.

She claimed it was planted in her luggage by unknown persons.

The student had reportedly travelled from Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in company of her mother, Mrs. Maryam Aliyu, and sister, Hajara Aliyu, but was arrested over allegations that a bag bearing her name tag contained the unlawful substance.

Nigerians in reactions  on the  social media applauded Buhari for facilitating her release but equally  expressed concerns over the continued detention of Leah Sharibu, the only Christian girl still in Boko Haram captivity after the abduction in Dapchi, Yobe State in 2018

It will be recalled that on  February 19, 2018, a total of 110 schoolgirls aged 11 to 19 were kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorist group from the Government Girls' Science and Technical College, Yobe.

The terrorists had returned the  girls  after negotiations and ransom paid by the Nigerian government, with the exception of Leah, on account of her religion.

Reno Omokri, tweeting @renoomokri, said: "I celebrate the @MBuhari government for securing Zainab Aliyu’s release in record breaking time. President Buhari is to be commended. Now, I urge the President to apply the same sense of urgency that he showed for Zainab towards Leah Sharibu and make #FreeLeahSharibu a reality"

Uncle Mark tweet @iamUncleMark "I dont want to shake any religious table. But can Buhari and Co. use the same energy used in setting Zainab Aliyu free for Leah Sharibu. For God's sake it's been  432 days''

Shanu Jamgbadi @ s. Jamgbadi tweets:
I prayed a lot for her. I have almost given up. I don't want to question God but I think she stood with God at the expense of her life so God should please touch the heart of her captors. I don't have faith in any other person including the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Muhammad bin uthman @kollere_mohd tweeted:
Oh dear....! Must everything be associated with religion in Nigeria? What a country! i wish all its citizens will start thinking right and not fall in to the traps of religious/tribal card playing so called statesmen.

Abba Mohammed @abbamohd25 tweeted :
Yes, the FG should do everything possible to ensure Leah Sharibo secures her freedom.

Dickson Grey @gredyickson tweeted:
The one imprisoned in her own country us a Christian The one freed from Saudi is a Muslim.. We should think

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