On 19 February 2018, at 5:30pm, Boko Haram entered the town of Dapchi, Nigeria, wearing military uniforms and driving trucks mounted with machine guns. They approached the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College (GGSTC) and ordered 110 schoolgirls to enter their trucks. They then disappeared with the girls for more than a month.
The released girls told their families of Leah’s courage and faith in the face of almost certain death. Prior to returning the abducted girls, the terrorists pulled Leah aside and told her that she would not be allowed to go home unless she recanted her faith. She refused. She told the terrorists that she could not deny Christ. After being held for nearly eight months, Leah again made headlines. On 27 August the terrorist group released a proof of life video of Leah. In the video, she pleads for the government to help her and her family.
Then, on 17 September, Boko Haram killed an aid worker from the Red Cross named Saifura Khorsa. During the execution, the militants said that they would kill another three victims including Leah, if the Nigerian government did not pay ransom.
One month later, on 16 October, Boko Haram executed another worker named Hauwa Liman. After her execution, Boko Haram declared that they were going to keep Leah as a “slave for life” because the government had not paid a ransom for her. Since then, there has been little to no communication about Leah from the Buhari administration or Boko Haram.
On the 19 February, the Leah Sharibu Foundation stated, “We cannot forget about her today. Petition God, in prayer and fasting, for Leah’s release and freedom of religion.”
Source: International Christian Concern
- Join with Leah’s family and Christians all over the world to intercede for Leah and plead for her release. Remember the many other captives held by Boko Haram.
- Ask the Lord to use Leah’s powerful testimony for the encouragement of believers in Nigeria. Pray it may be used to extend His kingdom.
- Pray for Leah’s captives, that they may face fierce condemnation from their own consciences. Ask the Lord to pour a new Spirit into them. Pray their hearts of stone may become hearts of flesh, by the work of the Holy Spirit.
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