Boko Haram Releases Video Footage Of Remaining Abducted Chibok Girls


A video released Monday by Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamic extremists purportedly shows some of the young women kidnapped from a school almost four years ago who vow never to return home.

The extremist group, which has links with the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), originally abducted 276 girls from their school in April 2014 and over 60 of the students have since escaped or been released.

The 20-minute video shows girls and young women, some holding babies, seated together as one reads a statement.

Boko Haram, whose name roughly translates to "Western education is forbidden", has waged an armed campaign in northeastern Nigeria since 2009.

About 100 of the girls are still thought to be in captivity.

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.

"We are the Chibok girls, you have been crying we should be released".

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The 21-minute video, obtained by a USA -based journalism website, Sahara Reporters, purports to show the former schoolgirls being well cared for. According to Nigeria's, a journalist with the online platform Sahara Reporters obtained the video.

"We are the Chibok girls".

"We live in comfort". "We are happy here - we have found our faith". The girls' families have not yet seen the video, he said.

Shekau was also seen, firing a heavy machine gun and making a 13-minute-long sermon in which he said the remaining girls had "understood the folly" of secular education. Yet terrorist attacks continued and, in a tacit admission that his claims of victory were false, the Nigerian government $1 billion in military funding in December 2017 to fight Boko Haram.

Reno Omokri, former aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan has condemned Buhari's government over the release of 244 Boko Haram suspects.

The Nigerian government has repeatedly claimed it has killed Shekau, only to have a man claiming to be the jihadist leader resurface in new videos.

They are fed well and shown off to would-be conscripts to demonstrate how they will receive better treatment if they follow Boko Haram's orders.