I was scared of becoming another Leah Sharibu, says Kaduna train attack victim



Lois Azurfa, a victim of the Kaduna train attack, says she dreaded the possibility of becoming another Leah Sharibu while she was held captive.

Leah Sharibu is a student of Government Girls Science and Technical Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe, who was kidnapped by a faction of Boko Haram in February 2018.

Sharibu was the only Christian who was not released among the over 100 students abducted from the Yobe school. She was said to have been held back for refusing to denounce Christianity.

In an interview with PUNCH on Wednesday, Azurfa, who spent 191 days in captivity, said she was worried she could end up like Sharibu.

 “So my faith was just in God and the thought of Leah Sharibu kept coming and any time I actually thought of Leah Sharibu I got traumatized because I felt I would be the next Leah. But at that point, I didn’t just want to believe that, so I kept my faith high, that was it,” she was quoted as saying.

The 21-year-old Azurfa said she would leave the country if she gets the chance, adding that she still feels unsafe and scared.

“No, I don’t feel secured because it’s something that can really happen anywhere. If a whole train can be attacked, then I feel we shouldn’t be too sure to be safe in this country because for me I even feel unsafe, not even in my own country. So I don’t actually feel secured. Even going out, I’m always scared,” she added.

 “If I really have the opportunity to travel out, I think it will be better for me because staying in this country, I feel I’m not still safe for the fact they (Boko Haram) had indicated interest to marry me.

“At some point, I was actually thinking they never wanted to get me released. I feel that staying back in this country, Nigeria, they can come back for me if they still want me. So, I don’t really feel safe, that’s one reason why I don’t really go out.”

Recall that the 300-level student of Kaduna State University said one of the terrorists’ commanders expressed his desire to marry her.

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