The senator representing Yobe East in the National Assembly, Bukar Ibrahim, has said “very serious negotiations” are ongoing to ensure the release of Leah Shabiru.
Leah is one of the schoolgirls abducted from Dapchi, Yobe State by Boko Haram insurgents on February 19.
The insurgents later returned all the girls (apart from five who died), but held onto Shabiru.
Leah was reportedly not released with others because she refused to renounce her Christian faith.
Speaking on the floor of the Senate on Thursday, Ibrahim said Shabiru would be released “not far from now.”
“I want to reassure the distinguished senators that very serious negotiations are going on and I believe not far from now, she would also be released,” he said.
Moving a motion earlier, the senator representing Taraba South, Emmanuel Bwacha, had urged the negotiating team to ensure the release of Leah and the remaining of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted in April 2014.