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Reno Omokri, Garba Shehu ‘fight’ over Leah Sharibu

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 Reno Omokri Garba Shehu fight over Leah Sharibu

Reno Omokri, former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and Garba Shehu – Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari  traded hot words on Sunday over the ordeal of Leah Sharibu.

PlatinumPost reports that Sharibu was abducted together with 109 students by Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists from Government Girls Science and Technical School in Dapchi, Yobe State in 2018.

While five of the students were reported killed during the abduction,  ISWAP later returned all the students except Sharibu, who was reportedly kept because she refused to comply with their demands and convert to Islam.

Sharibu’s captivity has prompted many campaigns within and outside the country.

READ ALSO :Leah Sharibu gives birth to second baby in Boko Haram captivity

But sharing his thoughts on some of the campaigns for Sharibu’s freedom, particularly that of Omokri, Garba said some individuals are making money from the girl’s ordeal.

He said : “My message to anyone who made money using Leah Sharibu’s sad ordeal, and they are flaunting it remains unchanged: This is blood money. I don’t need any of it. Period.”

The Buhari’s spokesman, who posted his view on his Facebook page, was however hit with torrents of ‘attacking’ comments, including one from Omokri- that has been championing a cause to secure Sharibu’s release.

Omokri said :”Dear Garba Shehu,
“If you have evidence that I have made money from Leah Sharibu’s ordeal, please expose it. You have access to the media. Alternatively, if any individual, church, foundation, government or country has given me even one kobo for Leah, please speak now, or forever remain silent.

“Leah Sharibu’s father, Nathan, did a video denouncing your false allegation the last time you made this allegation last year. Rather than make money from Leah, I wrote a book about her, which inspired a BBC Documentary, and got the attention of the US government, and I donated all the proceeds to her parents, plus £4000.

“I received an award in Hollywood for my altruistic sacrifice on behalf of Leah. And during the awards ceremony, broadcast worldwide, I also repeated this challenge to you government to provide any evidence that I have benefited from #FreeLeahSharibu. Two years later, you are still making false allegations without evidence, like your failed agent, Natasha H Akpoti.

“Having said that, the issue is not Leah Sharibu. The issue is that you said, and I quote “Buhari deserves credit for tackling insecurity”. If you really believe that, Garba, then I challenge you to go to Bama in Borno, for a weekend, alone, without security. And I will pay you $50,000.

“But if even you believe my money is ‘blood money’, then do it because you believe “Buhari deserves credit for tackling insecurity”.

” Garba, you and I used to write anti Buhari material between 2003-2005 when you were HE @AAtiku’s spokesman under a Peoples Democratic Government. Today, you are praising the man you once denounced.”

 

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