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Leah’s schoolmates say she was not released because she refused to denounce her Christian faith (photo credit: Sahara Reporters)

The Arewa Consultative Forum on Wednesday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to rescue Leah Sharibu and other Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram.

Leah Sharibu was among the female students of the Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, kidnapped by the Boko Haram insurgents early in February this year.

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The northern body also appealed to all Nigerians to be prayerful and hopeful for the rescue of all kidnapped girls and many others.

The body’s statement read in part, “The Arewa Consultative Forum has received with grief and hope the audio voice alleged to be that of the Dapchi girl, Leah Sharibu, still in the captivity of Boko Haram terrorists that abducted the Dapchi girls in February this year.

“In the alleged audio, Leah is appealing to President Buhari and all Nigerians to come to her rescue from the terrorists.

“If the audio is truly of Leah, it gives hope that the girl is still alive and may be released some day.

“The assurance given by the Federal Government that the security agencies are decoding the alleged audio cassette to verify its authenticity is a welcome development and heartening.

“ACF, however, urges the Federal Government to not only fast-track the process of verification of the audio, but also utilise its intelligence to trace and rescue Leah and other Chibok girls that have been in the terrorists’ den for the past four years.”