A British member of parliament has launched a protest outside the Nigerian embassy in London to help free kidnapped schoolgirl Leah Sharibu, who friends say is being held by terror group Boko Haram for refusing to renounce her Christian faith.
Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake is staging a sit-in outside the Nigerian High Commission in central London to put pressure on the Nigerian government, he says.
“There cannot be a clearer example of someone whose human rights are being ignored than that of Leah who is being detained just because she has maintained her Christian faith,” Brake said in an email interview with CNN.
Brake is taking part in the protest organized by advocacy group Church World Service that will last 200 hours as Thursday marks 200 days since Sharibu, who turned 15 in captivity, was taken.
President Buhari’s spokesman Garba Shehu previously told CNN that the president would “not rest until Sharibu and other girls in the group’s captivity are reunited with their parents.