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FG jolted by new Boko Haram video of Chibok girls



Chibok and the shame of a nation

The Federal Government has said that everything possible is being done to secure the release of the Chibok girls and put an end to the horrible saga of their abduction.

Government promise came hours after Boko Haram released a latest video of some of the captured girl.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, reacting in a statement in Abuja on Sunday assured that government is in touch with those purportedly behind the video.

Mohammed said, ”We are on top of the situation. But we are being extremely careful because the situation has been compounded by the split in the leadership of Boko Haram. We are also being guided by the need to ensure the safety of the girls.

”Since this is not the first time we have been contacted over the issue, we want to be doubly sure that those we are in touch with are who they claim to be.”

Read also: Boko Haram wants immunity for release of Chibok girls

He expressed hope that the latest development will signal the beginning of the end of the nightmare to which the girls, their families and indeed all Nigerians have been subjected since the unfortunate abduction.

Boko Haram had earlier on Sunday released a video of the girls allegedly kidnapped from Chibok in April 2014, showing some who are still alive and claiming others died in air strikes.

The video came as the latest release from embattled Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, who earlier this month refuted claims that he had been replaced as the leader of the jihadist group.

“They should know that their children are still in our hands. There are a number of the girls, about 40 of them, that have been married by the decision of Allah. Some of them have died as a result of aerial bombardment,” a man whose face was covered by a turban in the video posted on YouTube said.

By Ebere Ndukwu …




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