Parents of the abducted Chibok girls have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to swap their children for Boko Haram fighters as demanded by the terrorist. This followed a video released by the terrorists on Sunday, August 14 calling on the federal government to release their fighter apprehended by security operatives in exchange for the abducted girls.
In the video, a masked terrorist who spoke in Hausa gave conditions for the release of the girls who have been abducted since 2014.
He said: ‘‘It pleased God to let us have these girls in our captivity for over two years now. Our first message is to the parents of the girls to let them know that their daughters are still with us; some of them.
‘‘I also want to tell them to beg the Nigerian government to release our brethren, especially those in Maiduguri, Lagos and Abuja and other places across Nigeria. They should be released immediately.
‘‘You all knew that we had the girls, but God never allowed you to know their location and you will never know by God’s grace. You keep lying in your media that you will rescue them; they have been with us for over two years, yet you don’t know where they are. You have been lying about these girls.
‘‘For over two years that we have been with these girls, about 40 of them have been married, some are dead as a result of airstrikes by infidels. We will show you a video of how your own aircraft dropped a bomb that killed some of these girls. Some of the girls have suffered fractures and other forms of injuries as a result of the air strikes.
‘‘As you can see, these are the girls, all we want is for you to release our brethren, otherwise, you will never get these girls, God willing. This is our message to the Federal Government and the parents of the Chibok girls.
‘‘As long as the government does not release our people, we will also never release these girls.
The BringBackOurGilrs group during its meeting on Sunday, August 14 called on the federal government to go for the release of the girls.
Maida Yakubu (Dorcas), who spoke in the video begged the government to secure their release and urged her patients to be patient.
Aisha Yesufu who is a co-convener of the group said: “After listening to the call of Dorcas Yakubu, we demand an immediate action, as well as a result-oriented response plan by the government. The excuse of a split within the terrorists’ ranks or a period of validation of the authenticity of their claims will not suffice this time. We shall press these demands with a march to the Presidential Villa in the next few days.”
“In the aftermath of an earlier video, we repeatedly called on government to treat the information as the missing piece of credible information it was seeking. Not even the return of Amina Ali, a Chibok girl, inspired the sort of response we demanded.”
Oby Ezekwesili who is also a co-convener of the group said: “We are not going to let up until this government acts. Let them get ready because every day we shall be marching to the (Presidential) villa. These girls were kidnapped in the course of getting education, which annoyed me to no end.
“It is on this basis of education that I became what I am today. If it means marching to the villa everyday to demand the release of our chibok girls, so be it….Only three choices are available – negotiate to release our girls, use the military operation or a combination of the two. We don’t want to see a fourth video.”
The Punch reports that the federal government after the release of the video confirmed that “it is in touch” with the terrorists over the video.