By George Onmonya Daniel
Two years after they were kidnapped, Boko Haram have released video of the kidnapped Chibok girls to CNN of which the Nigerian government said they are aware of the video. Lai Muhammad told CNN they were aware of the video but don’t trust the girls were in good condition when Boko Haram claimed the video was made. Few days ago it was reported that Boko Haram wanted $50 million to release the girls, but the Nigerian government denied such demands or negotiations was going on, only for Lai Muhammad, the Minister of Information, to admit to CNN later that negotiations was actually going on and he doesn’t want to make some information public not to jeopardize such.
Lined up against a yellow wall, 15 girls, their faces showing, an off camera voice asked each of the girls their names, after one of the girls answered he asked, “Is that the name your parents gave you?” The girls answered, “Yes.” “Where were you kidnapped from?” the interrogator asked, “GSS Chibok,” she answered. and the date for the video recording they said is 25th December, 2015.
CNN said the video was obtained from a negotiator between Boko Haram and the government. Later the video was shown to some of the mothers of the girls who recognized them, one broke down and wept as she saw her daughter among the 15 girls in the new video.
The video gives new hope that the girls are alive and this new one would mount pressure on government to do more to ensure the release of the girls from the hands of the terrorist group Boko Haram. The #Bringbackourgirls group have reiterated that the war on Boko Haram cannot be said to be won until the girls are found and brought back alive.
Most of the 276 girls taken from Chibok on April 14, 2014 were Christian. They are believed to have been forced to convert to Islam by their terrorist captors.