The Boko Haram released disturbing videos of the missing Nigerian schoolgirls and revealed that they were forced to convert to Islam, and will only be released if Islamist prisoners are freed. There were more than 200 girls abducted by Islamist militants Boko Haram.
Abubakar Shekau said that the girls would never be released unless there is an exchange with prisoners
Some girls on the 17-minute-long video, which was obtained by news agency AFP, spoke to camera, and looked extremely nervous. The girls recite Islamic prayers during the clip as they sit in a group in a wooded area. The video, which appeared to show around 130 girls, was aired after the governor of the Nigerian state from where the schoolgirls were kidnapped said that he knew where some of them are being held.
Extremist group Boko Haram seized 276 girls who were taking exams at a school in Borno’s north-eastern village of Chibok on April 14. Some managed to escape, but around 200 remain missing.
Hilary Clinton was among those who tweeted in support of the campaign, which encourages military intervention to recover the girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram rebels on April 14; how nice that we have military intervention available to help now, but we had none available for our Americans in Benghazi!
Kashim Shettima, the Governor of Borno, said that he’d received reports of sightings of the girls and had passed on this information to thmilitary. Shettima told the BBC: ‘We’ve got reports of them being sighted in some locations – which we have conveyed to the relevant military authorities, for them to cross-check, verify and get additional information on the accurate location of the daughters.’
His comments came as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, called for negotiations with the terrorist group over the fate of the missing girls. The Archbishop, who has acted as a hostage negotiator in Nigeria on behalf of the Church in the past, said the girls were at ‘colossal’ risk. ‘They are in the hands of a very disparate group which is extremely irrational and difficult to deal with – and utterly merciless,’ he told BBC Radio Four’s The World This Weekend programme.