Chibok Parents Demand Release Of Abducted Schoolgirls

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On Saturday, the Chibok community held a service in commemoration of the mass abduction.

So far, the current administration has been able to secure the release of 103 of them while a few others have been rescued.

Two of the girls, Amina Nkeki and Salomi Pogu, had earlier escaped from captivity and was later found in the bush by soldiers. The demands of Boko Haram then were simple, they wanted detained members taken to Damaturu and they will move the girls to Buniyardi for swap somewhere in between. At least 112 Chibok schoolgirls are believed to still be in captivity. But the region's deepening humanitarian crisis, mainly sparked by Boko Haram's years-long insurgency, remains one of the world's most severe.

A classroom sits deserted at the Government Girls Technical College at Dapchi town in northern Nigeria after Boko Haram Islamists kidnapped 110 school girls, February 28, 2018.

On Monday, January 15, 2018, Boko Haram released a video showing some of the abducted school girls declaring that they don't want to return home. The group refused to release Leah Sharibu account of her not being a Muslim and being unwilling to denounce her Christian faith.

The president assured the parents of the girls that they would hear good news soon concerning their daughters, as the government remains focus on the actualization of the rescue of the girls.

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"I was amazed to learn later that the terms that saw the release of some of the girls was unfavourable than what I presented, but as my friend will say, even if we come up with a cure for cancer, the war economy and elites would rather die than accept a cure from a Talaka".

"The President urges the parents to keep their hopes alive on the return of their daughters, noting that the recovery of more than a 100 of the girls that were kidnapped through the Federal Government's determined effort should give confidence that all "hope is not lost".

"They are only trying to discourage the government", Agim said.

In the 20-minute video where at least 14 of the girls were filmed, the one that spoke also revealed that they have all been married by the terrorist group's leader, Abubakar Shekau.

"What happened in Chibok should have served as a wake-up call to the Nigerian government". "Most of those in attendance were the parents of the missing schoolgirls; not more than 30 persons joined us for the prayers".

In a statement to mark the fourth anniversary of the incident, the President assured that he was still working to ensure their release. We invited everybody including the state governor, whom we learnt is out of the country at the moment.

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