Parents Beg FG To Swap Chibok Girls For Boko Haram Detainees
Parents of the abducted Chibok school girls have called on the Federal government to do everything possible to free their daughters from captivity, including the release of detained members of the Boko Haram sect.The call followed the Sunday release of a video by the Islamic sect that showed the school girls calling on the government to facilitate their release.
The video also showed a masked arm wielding man who said the girls’ parents should beg the Federal government to free their member detained in facilities across the country for them (boko haram) to release the girls who have been in captive for over two years.
He also said some of the girls were killed by the airstrike the Nigerian Airforce launched on its hideout, the sect spokesman also claimed some of the school girls have been married off.
One of the girls Maida Yakubu Dorcas, directing her speech to their parents said “be patient and beg the government to release their people, so that we will also be released.”
Dorcas’ mother, Esther Yakubu, who said she recognised her daughter and about 20 other girls in the video said “The Chibok girls must be rescued, they must have their lives and future that Boko Haram tries to destroy.”
“I recognised Saratu Ayuba, Awa Ishaiya and others. In that video, Dorcas has grown up a little and she is slimmer. I cried when I saw her in the video. That is only change I observe, but I thank God she is alive.”
“Boko Haram in the video asked the government to release their members so that they could release our girls. If the government knows that it cannot handle the insurgency, it should invite other countries. It is not a crime to seek assistance in a war. It is a shame for them to allow our daughters to languish in captivity for over two years.
Dorcas father, Kabu Yakubu, urged the government to release Boko Haram detainees in exchange for the Chibok girls.
“I will sleep well because since she was kidnapped, I have never seen her in other videos released. But today, I saw her in the video, and my joy was rekindled.
“What we have been telling the government is what Boko Haram demanded in the video. We are appealing to the government to help us to release Boko Haram detainees so they can release our daughters. In the video, my daughter was begging the government to negotiate with the terrorists and they (Boko Haram) said unless the government releases their members who were being detained in Abuja, Lagos and Maiduguri prisons, they won’t release the girls.”
The Spokesman for the terror group while making their demands 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.