The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Sunday night declared that the federal government has not abandoned negotiations for the release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, as well as the other girls abducted by Boko Haram.
Mr Adesina disclosed this at the Easter Concert of Apostolic Faith Church West Africa themed: “Christ the King” held at the church’s National Headquarters in Anthony Village, Lagos.
Addressing journalists on efforts being made to secure the release of Leah Sharibu, the presidential spokesman said that efforts being embarked upon to free the teenager are classified and cannot be made public.
He, however, urged Nigerians to keep faith, saying that the Federal Government was doing everything possible to secure her release as soon as possible.
“We believe that Leah Sharibu will come back one day, a lot is being done, and you know you cannot begin to proclaim sensitive things like that on the pages of the newspaper.
“We should not relent in our prayers, keep hope alive and I am assuring you that the Federal Government is doing everything possible to secure the release of Leah Sharibu,” Mr Adesina added.
He also expressed optimism that Nigeria would overcome its problems just as Jesus overcame death.
He said: “Whatever the problems that besiege this country whether killings, economic, political or social problems can be overcome.
“We will overcome all the problems facing the country; it is time for us to be encouraged, resonate and determined that God still rules in the affairs of men, and Nigeria.”