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

Nigeria’s image is at stake over the continued abduction of teenager Leah Sharibu, according to the Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly Joshua Madaki.

Concise News had reported that Leah Sharibu was abducted in Dapchi, Yobe State, alongside her classmates.

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Her mates have been released but her abductees, the dreaded Boko Haram terror group, did not free her over her refusal to deny her Christian faith.

On Tuesday, Leah clocked 16 with Madaki praying for her release from the kidnappers’ den.

He said this during a special prayer time for Leah and others in captivity while celebrating Leah’s 16th birthday

“As an assembly, our heart goes to our daughter, Leah Sharibu, who has been in captivity. It all started with counting days, it then went to months and today we are counting years,”  he said.

“Her case is not beyond God, and we should not relent in praying and fasting for her release.

“I don’t know how God will do it, but I have the conviction that this year 2019 we shall give testimony. Our daughter will be released and she will testify. All others who are in captivity will be released also, that is my belief.

“As Leah marks her 16th birthday with her abductors, we urge the government to facilitate her immediate release and the others.

“If we put ourselves in the shoes of her parents, we will understand what they are going through without their daughter.

“When your child is missing for one day you know how it feels, and now Leah is being held for almost two years now.

“The trauma Leah’s parents are going through also includes their relations, neighbours, friends and indeed the whole society. By God’s grace, all our prayers for Leah would be answered and not be in vain.

According to him, “Leah’s predicament is not beyond what this country can solve. We are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari and all the heads of security agencies to do everything it takes to secure the release of Leah and all those in Boko Haram captivity.

“The truth is that the image of this country is at stake internationally because of Leah and other school girls’ abductions.

“So, everything should be done to put an end to these ugly incidents so that our reputation with the international community would be redeemed.”