Posted by News Express | 15 May 2021 | 1,808 times
. . . Human Rights Lawyer rides bike to airport not to miss her graduation.
In a further demonstration of the stark contrast between the evil ideology of the Boko Haram terror group and the aspirations of modern young people, a Nigerian schoolgirl terror survivor is making history in America with a double Master’s degree as Christian heroine hostage Leah turns 18.
Ironically Leah Sharibu who was abducted by Boko Haram/ISWAP in February 2018 is attaining the legal age of adulthood under Nigerian law in captivity.
This will be her fourth birthday as a hostage since she was taken at age 14.
However, a schoolgirl who survived Boko Haram’s terrorism and is now in the US is graduating the day after Leah’s birthday in captivity with a Master’s degree.
Ms Zion Umar who arrived America five years ago started from high school, quickly transitioned to community college, graduated and enrolled in a postgraduate institution.
Zion Umar is graduating in Los Angeles, California, today, May 15, 2021 with her
Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) one of the most prized post-graduate degrees in the US and a Master’s.
International Human Rights lawyer Emmanuel Ogebe who sponsored Zion Faye like his adoptive daughter rode on a motor bike for two hours in the rain to catch his flight back to America to attend her graduation due to bad traffic jam in Nairobi Kenya.
“I arrived at Jomo Kenyatta Airport completely drenched but mercifully I didn’t miss my flight. I had to leave colleagues behind as I couldn’t miss this crowning achievement of this beloved young woman who embodies the talent, resilience, hard work and true grit Nigerians are renowned for. I can say I was probably the only passenger who went to such extreme length to board that flight. I flew eight hours to Amsterdam, eight hours to Washington then six hours to Los Angeles. Zion is totally worth my traveling over 11 time zones in 48 hours,” Ogebe said on Friday.
He continued: “I want to invite all Nigerians and all well-meaning people to attend the graduation virtually by going to the links online.
“Her father who was killed in the deadly attack eight years ago today which she survived will be watching from heaven and those of us on earth should be there for her too.
“We cannot bring Leah back but we can stand with the other Leahs of the genocide. We can’t war with arms but we can arm with education and war with self-improvement.
“Leah is still alive. Ironically while Zion earned a double Master’s degree, Leah reportedly delivered two bouncing baby boys. God will intervene on her behalf where the government has failed.”
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