An American Pastor, Abu Zacharia, has proposed to release himself to the Boko Haram insurgent group so that Leah Sharibu can be freed.
In 2018, the Boko Haram group stormed the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State where several 110 schoolgirls were abducted.
Zacharia, an American missionary who came along with an American-based human rights advocate, Barrister Emmanuel Ogebe, said he was making all possible best to meet with Boko Haram leaders so that they could replace him with Leah.
Meanwhile, Zacharia confessed to having been offering himself to replace prisoners.
According to Sahara reporters, Zacharia said, “I am here in Nigeria, my third trip in four months, to negotiate the release of Leah Sharibu with Boko Haram. What I’m offering to them is to exchange Leah for myself and I will go into their captivity.
“So that is what I’m planning to do, once they find out that I’m here. I have already had one meeting with a government official, asking his assistance to have a meeting with Boko Haram. Wherever she is, I’m willing to go there and exchange myself.
“The basis of this is John 15:13 in the gospel ‘Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his brother and his sister’. So I am here to, with the permission of my wife of 41 years and five children and nine grandchildren, see if I can negotiate her release. And they will release her and take me instead. And that is my goal.
“I have been doing full-time religious freedom work and international Christian humanitarian work in the war-zones. I have been to places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Jordan, Gaza, Sudan, and Cuba, among others.”