‘We could not identify any of our daughters in the video’ –...

‘We could not identify any of our daughters in the video’ – Parents Of Chibok Schoolgirls Claim

By Vanguard on May 13, 2014
Borno Chibok Boko Haram
A man weeps as he joins parents of the kidnapped girls during a meeting with the Borno state governor in Chibok on Tuesday, April 22. | Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

Some parents of the girls abducted at Goverment Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State by Boko Haram terrorists have distanced themselves from the latest video purportedly released by the leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau who claimed that the kidnapped students, particularly the Christians have converted to Islam. They said they could not identify any of their daughters in the video obtained by AFP.

It would be recalled that Governor Shettima ordered the mass production of the video for possible identification by parents after he saw the clip on the BBC world service. The governor thereafter directed the mass duplication of the video to be shown to parents, some abducted but freed students, teachers and management staff of the school among others.

Speaking with Vanguard, Mallam Zannah Chibok, one of the parents who had seen the video said he couldn’t identify any of his daughters, pointing out that some of the faces in the video are not even students, as their ages can be put at between 30 and 40 years.

A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing.

Likewise, another parent who did not want his name mentioned for security reasons, admitted that he watched the video on a cable news channel, as well as, on the social media, but to his dismay,  he couldn’t identify any of his missing daughters in it.

Also speaking to our correspondent on phone, some parents and other residents of Chibok, especially those residing in remote villages said they are yet to come across the released video, not to talk of identifying their missing children.

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