Leah Sharibu:Written question - HL5838

Q
Asked by Baroness Cox
Asked on: 17 June 2020
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Leah Sharibu
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last made representations to the government of Nigeria on the abduction of Leah Sharibu; and what response they received.
A
Answered by: Baroness Sugg
Answered on: 29 June 2020

The Government has repeatedly called for the release of all those abducted by Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa (ISWA), including Leah Sharibu. The Prime Minister discussed UK support for fighting terrorism in Nigeria with President Buhari at the UK Africa Investment Summit in January. The Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief met Leah's mother in February to express the UK's continued commitment to help Nigeria secure the release of all abductees. The Nigerian Government has provided assurances that they are doing all they can to secure the release of Leah and others kidnapped. President Buhari issued a statement in February, reiterating his Government's commitment to bring Leah home safely. We will continue to engage with the Government of Nigeria in support of urgent action to secure the return of Leah Sharibu and all abductees.

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