President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of $1bn for the procurement of security equipment to fight insurgency.
The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of a meeting Buhari had with security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday.
The President was also said to have asked the security chiefs to intensify efforts aimed at securing the release of Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi schoolgirl still being held by Boko Haram because she refused to renounce Christianity.
The mother of the Christian Dapchi Girl that was held back by Boko Haram for refusing to renounce Christianity, Mrs Rebecca Sheribu, said her daughter, Leah Sheribu sent a message to her that her family should pray for the will of God to be done in her life.
According to the mother, she said she has not lost hope that her daughter would be returned to her, just as she also promised to continue praying and hoping on to God for her safe return.
Reports have it that the mother, Mrs. Sheribu went to comma after she gathered that her daughter was held back by Boko Haram insurgents when the other girls were dropped off from being held captivity for a month.
Though Mrs. Sheribu has regained consciousness, she still looks visibly distraught and gloomy as she was surrounded by sympathizers and relatives who are keeping her company at their house in Dapchi.
“The released girls told us that the insurgents insist that my daughter must denounce her religion. But she told them she has no single knowledge of Islam and can’t be. She was then left out of the Dapchi trip on the condition that any day she accepts Islam she will be released.
“Leah, we were told was left with three other Boko Haram women there and she sends message that we should pray for the Will of Gods to be done in her life”, Mrs. Sheribu said.
She called on the Federal Government to engage in renegotiation to free her daughter from the hands of the insurgents.
“So I plead that Government and the negotiation team should revisit the terms of the agreement to enhance the release of my daughter.
“Everybody has his religion and no one should be compelled to practice a religion he or she never wishes to”.
The father of Leah, Mr. Nathan Sheribu, thanked Dapchi Community for standing by him and his family for the trying time.
He described his relationship with the people of the community over the years as excellent and outstanding, adding that; for all the years I have stayed in this community, the people have accepted me as their son. I feel very much at home here with my family. I will forever be grateful to this community”.