New Boko Haram Video: Chibok girls say they are Abubakar Shekau’s wives
Dreaded islamists group, Boko Haram has released two new videos one showing girls purported to be among the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped from their school hostel three years ago.
The other video shows an aircraft allegedly gunned down by the terror group, a drone and some Nigerian military assets. Although the footage did not, however, show how the visibly military hardware were taken down by the insurgents, the group said it was as a result of a week-long battle with the Nigerian troops.
In the video, the Chibok girls are seen caring babies. One of them said: “We are the Chibok girls… . By the grace of Allah, we will not return to you.”
It was not clear when or where the latest message was recorded or whether those who appeared on camera were under duress.
A woman in the video who also spoke said that the girls have all been married to Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram’s elusive leader.
“We live in comfort. He provides us with everything. We lack nothing,” she added.
Shekau is also seen in the video, firing a heavy machine gun and making a 13-minute-long sermon.
The jihadists seized 276 students from the Government Girls Secondary School in the mostly Christian town in Borno state on April 14, 2014. Global outrage followed the abduction with global icons putting pressure on the Goodluck Jonathan administration to rescue the captured girls.
Some analysts beleive that the mishap along with the poor handling of the Boko Haram crisis caused Mr Jonathan the presidency in 2015.
Of the 276 girls, 59 managed to escape in the hours that followed their abduction.
A total of 107 girls have now been either found, rescued or released as part of government negotiations with the Islamic State group affiliate.
On January 4, the Nigerian army said it had rescued one of the girls’ classmates in the remote Pulka region of Borno, near the border with Cameroon. Boko Haram has killed at least 20,000 people and displaced more than 2.6 million in the the conflict which is in its eight year.