|The footage shows about 130 girls in black and grey full-length hijabs sitting on scrub-land near trees, reciting the first chapter of the Quran, and holding their palms upwards in prayer.|
In a new video released by boko haram, the terrorist leader Shekau is shown wearing combat fatigues, carrying an automatic weapon.Speaking in his native Hausa language as well as Arabic, he restates his claim of responsibility made in a video released last Monday and said the girls had converted to Islam while others had not. Remember: it was revealed by the Christian Northern Elders Forum of Nigeria that most of the kidnapped girls are Christians and not Muslims as was initially thought.
“These girls, these girls you occupy yourselves with… we have indeed liberated them. These girls have become Muslims,” he said.
“There are still others who have not converted and are holding on to your belief. There are many of them,” he added.
“You are making so much noise about Chibok, Chibok, Chibok. Only Allah knows how many women we are holding, the infidels who Allah commands us to hold.”
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The militant leader said that s and suggested that the girls would be released if the Boko Haram compatriots who had been held in prison for up to five year were freed.
“We will never release them (the girls) until after you release our brethren,” he said.
Although there have been fears that the girls may have been taken into neighbouring Chad or Cameroon, President Jonathan has previously said that he believed the girls were still in Nigeria and would be freed soon.
The governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima just recently reiterated president Jonathan’s beliefs saying he had information on the whereabouts of the kidnapped girls and had passed reports of their sightings to the military for verification.He then added that he did not think the girls had been taken across the border to Chad or Cameroun, contrary to what Shekau had said.
There has been no response to the Boko Haram video from the Nigerian government but Nigeria’s army is currently concentrating its efforts on the Sambisa forest of Borno state while international assistance involves specialist surveillance and intelligence teams.