It has been confirmed that a Christian teenage girl kidnapped by an Islamic terrorist group back in February is still alive.
According to the persecution watchdog group International Christian Concern (ICC), Boko Haram, based in northern Nigeria, has released an audio recording of Leah Sharibu asking the Nigerian president to help secure her release. Sharibu's family has confirmed that Leah's voice is the one on the recording. She is the only girl who remains kidnapped, as the others have either died or been released.
ICC's Nathan Johnson says she is still captive because of her faith.
"The other girls when they came back straight up said that she was allowed to go free if she would deny Christ and convert to Islam," Johnson relays. "She said she was not willing to deny Jesus Christ in front of a bunch of older, terrorist men."
So the ball is now in President Muhammadu Buhari's court.
"This will show really if he meant what he said a few months ago when he stated he was going to work to get her released," says Johnson. "He now knows for sure that she is alive, and it's his chance to prove whether or not he's actually going to work for this young girl the same way that he did for the other 104 that were released."
In the meantime, ICC is asking believers to pray for Leah and the Sharibu family and that she will remain strong in her faith and stay healthy and whole.