Author of Facts V Fiction: True Story of GEJ Years, Reno Omokri, has said that notable Nigerians have been buying his customs made ‘Free Leah Sharibu’ T-shirts for varying amounts of money, and they’ve been paying directly to the abducted girl’s parents.
Among those who have bought the T-shirt for prices ranging between N30,000 and N100,000 are the former president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor; a former finance minister, Senator Nenadi Usman; Umar Sani, a former spokesman for ex-Vice President Namadi Sambo, and an anonymous person, among others, Omokri said.
Leah Sharibu was one of the 110 schoolgirls aged 11–19 years old that were kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorist group from the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, in Bulabulin, Yunusari Local Government area of Yobe State, on February 19, 2018.
Leah was 14 years old at the time of her capture.
While other girls were released by the insurgents following Federal Government’s intervention, Leah was allegedly held back on account of her alleged refusal to renounce her Christian faith and has since been in Boko Haram captivity.
Various non-governmental organisations had advocated her release, and Reno Omokri’s advocacy is a latest attempt at reintroducing her case in national and global consciousness.
Taking to his verified Twitter handle @renoomokri on Tuesday, the social media activist tweets,
“Permit me to extend heartfelt gratitude to Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, who just got off the phone with me and is buying one customised #FreeLeahSharibu shirts for ₦100k and is paying the money directly to Leah’s mother, Rebecca. I love you Pastor Ayo. Mo dupe sir!
“My deepest gratitude to an anonymous Nigerian publisher who has just bought a #FreeLeahSharibu Shirt for ₦100k and is paying directly to her parents. He does not want his name publicised, but please help me pray that God will raise more like him worldwide.
“Grateful to Malam Umar Sani, former spokesman to Vice President Namadi Sambo and Senator Nenadi Usman who have just bought a #FreeLeahSharibu T-Shirt for ₦100k and ₦30k each and are paying directly to her parents.
“I urge others to please buy firstname.lastname@example.org,” Mr. Omokri said.