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A Christian school girl in Nigeria spent Easter as a hostage of Islamist militants after she refused to convert to Islam.

Leah Sharibu was among 111 schoolgirls who were kidnapped on 19 February from the Government Girls’ Science Technical College in the north-eastern town of Dapchi by Boko Haram fighters.

Nearly all were released on 21 March after five of the girls reportedly died due to ailments linked to the attack, officials and rights activists disclosed.

The only Christian girl among the Dapchi schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram last month could have been freed along with her schoolmates but refused to renounce her faith, according to her mother.

Leah Sharibu refused to accept Islam, resisting the entreaties of her classmates to pretend to do so, her parents learned from snatched conversation with her friends.

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has assured Nigerians that Leah Sharibu will soon regain her freedom.

Prayer services were held all over Nigeria over Easter for Leah Sharibu and her family.

Sources: The Guardian, Bos News Life, Morning Star News

  • Ask the Lord to intervene to ensure Leah’s recovery; pray she will soon be reunited with her family.
  • Thank the Lord for the spiritual strength He has provided her, pray His hand of protection will be upon her.
  • Pray her courage may act as a testimony to her captors. Pray they will experience true repentance.