A girl said to be one of the Chibok abductees has been seen with an AK-47 rifle in the latest video of the Boko Haram sect.
Ahmad Salkida, a journalist known to have access to top leaders of the insurgent group, released part of the video to Sahara Reporters.
Salkida had earlier disclosed the identity of the girl who spoke in the video.
“The Chibokgirl that spoke in the video today, holding an AK47 rifle is Maida Yakubu,” Salkida tweeted.
The Chibokgirl that spoke in the video today, holding an AK47 rifle is Maida Yakubu.
— Ahmad Salkida (@ContactSalkida) May 12, 2017
In the video, a commander of the sect said to be Shuaibu Moni, who was among those released in exchange for 82 Chibok girls, interacted with the girls.
He said the girls were among those who said they do not want to be freed.
Zannah Mustapha, a lawyer who was among the mediators who facilitated the release of 82 girls, had said some of the abducted girls refused to be released, fuelling fears that they had been radicalised.
“These girls are among the Chibok girls that said they will not go back to their parents, they said they will stay and follow the religion of Allah. Now, we will ask them the reasons for their decision,” Moni said in the video.
Below is their conversation:
Moni: What is your name? (One of the girls was asked)
Girl: My name is Maida Yakubu.
Moni: You are from which town?
Moni: What are the name of your parents?
Girl: My mother’s name is Esther Mutari and my father’s name is Yakubu Kagu.
Moni: You are from which school?
Girl: GSS Chibok
Moni: What is your reason for refusing to go back to your parents?
Girl: The reason is that they live in the town of unbelievers (kafirchi). It is our desire that they come (and join us) to practice religion (Islam) so that we will all rest in paradise.
Moni: What is your reaction to claims by people that you were forced to marry? Is that so?
Girl: No, it is not so. Among us, those who wanted to marry freely made the decision without being forced.
Moni: What is your message to parents?
Girl: My message is that they should embrace Islam so that we can practice the religion of God and be saved.
Moni: What is your appeal to Nigerians?
Girl: My appeal to Nigerians is that they should avoid any book that is not for Allah, let them come and follow “kitabi wasinnah”. Whether they like it or not the religion of Allah (Islam) will progress. If you reject it, go and die.
The question and answer session ended with Islamic recitation by the girls.
See the video: