NIGERIA: “Leah Sharibu must have been raped and forced to convert”
Article by Grace Attu.
A Nigerian cleric and spokesman of the Sharibu family has reacted to rumours that Leah Sharibu, the Christian schoolgirl held captive by Boko Haram for refusing to convert to Islam, had given birth to a baby boy fathered by a Boko Haram commander and had subsequently converted to Islam.
Leah Sharibu is a 15-year-old Nigerian girl. She was abducted when Boko Haram stormed a boarding school in the town of Dapchi, Diocese of Maiduguri in north-eastern Nigeria on 19th February 2018 kidnapping 110 school girls. Copyright: Aid to the Church in Need.
Rev. Gideon Para-Mallam, speaking with Aid to the Church in Need, said these must be false claims or a situation of rape and forced conversion.
“How can a 17-year-old girl, abducted when she was 14, consent to bearing a child for her abductors? This can only be as a result of forced sex. I would not believe that Leah at that age would consent to become a mother. She wanted to go to university and she would be starting university now but she is still in captivity. If they forced her and raped her, we cannot say that she consented”, the evangelical pastor said.