The Nigerian Army has dismissed as “propaganda” a new video released by the terrorist sect, Boko Haram, purporting to show some abducted Chibok school girls explaining why they would prefer to remain in the group’s custody rather than return to their families.
The video, posted Saturday, shows three young women wearing black veils, with their eyes barely visible.
One of the girls who identified herself as Maida Yakubu, said she would not rejoin her parents “because they are in the town of infidels”.
“We want them to accept Islam and join us to practice the religion and rest in the hereafter,” the speaker, who gave the names of her parents as Esther Mutari and Yakubu Kaba, said in Hausa.
Ahmad Salkida, a Nigerian journalist who first reported the release of the video, said another clip showed one of the Boko Haram commanders recently released by the Nigerian government in exchange for 82 Chibok girls.
“The video has Shuaibu Moni, one of the swapped BH commanders issuing threats to Nigerian authorities and its president,” Mr. Salikda tweeted Friday.
The militant in the video said more than five Boko Haram commanders were released in the swap deal, and warned of an imminent bombing of Abuja.
He also said his group would not dialogue with the government. “Only war is between us,” Mr. Salkida tweeted.
The army responded on Saturday with the statement below:
The attention of Nigerian Army has been drawn to two video clips released by one of the released Boko Haram terrorists in exchange for the abducted Chibok school girls.
In the first clip the terrorist, among other things, made boastful and spurious allegations, while the second clip was about alleged indoctrination of some of the abducted Chibok school girls in captivity.
We wish to state that the terrorist has lost touch with current realities.
It was aimed at seeking relevance and attention.
As you are all aware, he was a direct beneficiary of the process that led to the release of 82 of the abducted girls, and does not have a say or capacity to do anything, therefore his threats should be ignored.
We would like to assure the public that the Nigerian Army is totally committed to the Federal Government’s determined efforts of rescuing all abducted persons and peace in the country.
We will not relent our determined efforts of clearing the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists as manifested through the ongoing clearance operations.
The Nigerian Air Force is unrelenting in its bombardment while other Security Agencies are equally doing their best.
Therefore, we wish to solicit for more support, cooperation and understanding of the public, particularly members of the Press.
We should not give in to terrorists propaganda and empty threats. We have come to a very critical stage of the fight against terrorism and insurgency in Nigeria that require more patriotism and security consciousness by all and sundry.
Gone were the days when people glamorize terrorists and their criminal acts.
Thank you for your kind cooperation.
Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman
Director Army Public Relations