Leah Sharibu remains a prisoner of Boko Haram – a Nigerian terrorist group pledged to ISIS – because she will not renounce her faith in Jesus Christ.
In February, 2018, Boko Haram stormed Leah’s school and abducted 110 schoolgirls. Five girls were killed and 104 were freed. As the girls were put in a vehicle, Leah was told to convert to Islam. The 14-year old Christian refused to recite a Muslim creed.
Some of the rescued girls said Leah’s classmates pled with her to recant and return home with them. “I am a Christian,” she kept telling her abductors.
In an audio clip released after Boko Haram murdered an aid worker, Leah said, “I am begging you to treat me with compassion. I am calling on the government, particularly the president, to pity me and get me out of this serious situation. Thank you.”
Boko Haram has killed more people in terror attacks than ISIS. They abduct, enslave, murder, use people as suicide bombers, destroy villages, churches, and kill livestock.
For many Nigerian Christians, Leah represents countless girls in countless places who are abused because of their belief in Jesus.
Leah’s mother was asked how she trained her daughter to be faithful and courageous. “It is the Holy Spirit,” she said. “If it was me, or Leah, she would not be able to do it.”
Leah turned 15 years old in captivity. She will turn 16 on May 15, 2019. Her family’s tradition is to hold a special meal on Leah’s birthday, ask God to bless her and to make her dreams come true.
- Leah to remain strong in the Lord and to be freed
- Leah’s family to be filled with grace and peace
- A miraculous conversion of Leah’s captors into followers of Jesus
- The end of Boko Haram