Hope dashed as abducted Nigerian schoolgirls reject freedom
Some of the rescued Chibok girls
London, Jan. 15, 2018 (AltAfrika)-If the video released by the leadership of the dreaded Nigerian boko haram is anything to go by, the hope of getting the rest of the abducted schoolgirls back to their parents appears dim.
This observation is premised around the refusal of some of them to re-join their parents as being planned by the authorities as shown in the video.
Recall 276 schoolgirls were abducted from their dormitory in 2014 in Chibok, a town in Borno State, north-east of Nigeria by the dreaded insurgent known as Boko Haram.
At least, one of the 11 of them shown in a 21-minute video on Monday, ruled out a return to their parents claiming they are comfortable with their dreaded captors.
Her words: “We are the Chibok schoolgirls that Nigeria desperately wants to return but I assure you we are not coming back, God willing.”
The veiled spokesgirl also mocked some of the girls who had earlier been freed in previous deals with government for going back into infidelity.
“Poor things, we pity our mate who chose to return to Nigeria. Allah blessed you and brought you to the caliphate for you to worship your creator. But you instead opted for disbelief,” according to the speaker.
The footage later showed Boko Haram factional Chief Abubakar Shekau who said the girls had seen the light and the ‘folly’ of the western culture.
The video, which was not dated must have been intended, either to rubbish the Nigerian Army’s recent claim that Shekau, the factional leader of the group was ‘fatally injured’ following bombardments of his hideouts by troops, or as a bait to stampede into negotiations, the authorities that had vowed to rescue the rest of the girls.
Early this year, on January 4, to be precise, one of abducted schoolgirls was rescued, bringing to 163 the number of the girls who had either escaped or been freed since at least 276 of them were abducted from their dormitory in 2014.
Reports have it that, at least 57 of the girls escaped on the night of the abduction from Chibok town in Borno state, while three others were said to have later returned on their volition just as the authorities in Abuja also negotiated the release of 103 others from their captors in deals brokered by Swiss authorities, the Red Cross and some local activists.
As it stands now, about 112 of the schoolgirls are still with their abductors.