The Nigerian Government under President Muhammadu Buhari has again debunked the claim that Leah Sharibu, the detained Christian Dapchi schoolgirl with insurgent Boko Haram is dead.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed described the report that Leah is dead in captivity as “absolute fake news”.
“It’s absolutely fake news. There is nothing like that,” the minister was quoted by his spokesperson as saying at a press briefing in Ilorin, Kwara State, on Sunday.
In the statement by Mr Mohamamed’s spokeperson, Segun Adeyemi, the minister also added that the reported death of Miss Sharibu, few days to the presidential election, is a ploy by the political opposition to tarnish the image of the administration and exploit primordial sentiments ahead of the polls.
“I think it’s part of the opposition’s strategies to throw everything at the administration and at the president. I think everyday they are realising the hopelessness of their position.
“Everyday they are amazed by the support Mr. President is receiving from every part of the country and they have decided that they are going to spread falsehood, inflame passion and make this election a Muslim-Christian affair or North-South affair, but people are not listening to them,” Mr Mohammed said.
The minister did not, however, say if the government had any recent intelligence to confirm Miss Sharibu is alive or where she is being held.