Parents demand swap of Chibok girls for Boko Haram detainees.

The BringBackOurGirls group and the parents of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls yesterday demanded that the Federal Government swap detained Boko Haram members for the girls who have been in captivity for over two years.

This followed the video of the girls released by the sect yesterday.

Boko Haram is holding more than two hundred of the two hundred and seventy-six final-year girls it seized from Government Secondary School, Chibok, in Borno State, in April twenty-fourteen.

Some of them escaped, but twenty-fifteen girls remain missing.

In May twenty-sixteen, one of them, Amina Ali, was rescued.

In the video released by the Abubakar Shekau faction, Boko Haram claimed that some of the girls were killed by air strikes launched by the Nigerian Air Force on their hideouts.

The new video, more than eleven minutes long, showed a masked armed man standing in front of several girls, whom he claimed were the over two hundred girls abducted from their hostel at the GSS in twenty-fourteen.

The man stated that the video was released to send a message to the parents of the girls to beg the government to release Boko Haram members in detention centres in exchange for the girls.

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.

Meanwhile, the man also appealing 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.
One of the girls, Maida Yakubu Dorcas, who spoke in both Hausa and Kibaku, her native language, asked parents to be patient and beg the government to release their people, so that we will also be released.

The BBOG, in a statement, yesterday, read by a co-convener, Aisha Yesufu, stated that members would press for their demands with a march to the President office.

The coalition expressed disappointment over the failure of the government to make use of the information it received from the earlier video of the girls in April.



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