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Parents demand Chibok girls be swapped for B'Haram detainees

15 August 2016, 10:03

Abuja - The #BringBackOurGirls group, along with the parents of the abducted Chibok girls, have demanded that the Federal Government swap detained members of Boko Haram for the hostages.

According to a Punch report, the coalition called on the governments of the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, France, China, Australia, Israel and all humanitarian organizations to assist in the rescue of the girls.

Oby Ezekwezili, co-convener of the coalition, has stated that the movement will not allow Government to rest until the girls are safely returned home.

"We are not going to let up until this government acts. Let them get ready because every day we shall be marching to the (Presidential) villa. These girls were kidnapped in the course of getting education, which annoyed me to no end.

"It is on this basis of education that I became what I am today. If it means marching to the villa everyday to demand the release of our chibok girls, so be it….Only three choices are available – negotiate to release our girls, use the military operation or a combination of the two. We don’t want to see a fourth video."

Also read: Father identifies Chibok girl kidnapped by Boko Haram

The demands follow on from a video released by Boko Haram on Sunday, showing some of the girls who have been in captivity for over two years since their capture from the Government Secondary School in 2014.

The new video, which is approximately 11 minutes long, showed a masked man standing in front of the girls while stating that the video serves as a message to the parents of the hostages to beg the Federal Government to release Boko Haram members in detention centres in exchange for the girls, Nigeria Today reports.

"It pleased God to let us have these girls in our captivity for over two years now. Our first message is to the parents of the girls to let them know that their daughters are still with us; some of them.

"I also want to tell them to beg the Nigerian government to release our brethren, especially those in Maiduguri, Lagos and Abuja and other places across Nigeria. They should be released immediately," stated the man.

Read more at Punch

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