Abuja – Parents of some of the kidnapped Chibok school girls have watched with grief a video recently obtained by the intenational news agency CNN and released by Boko Haram.
Over 200 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram militants from Chibok exactly two years ago. Some of them managed to escape but some were still missing despite a global campaign #BringBackOurGilrs to that sought to have them freed.
The video showed at least 15 girls lined up against a yellow wall and an off camera voice was heard asking each one of them: "What’s your name?"
Watch the video
CNN showed some of the girls’ parents identifying their children on a laptop screen.
"I felt like removing her from the screen… If I could, I would have removed her from the screen," Naij quoteed one of the parents saying.
This came, as reports indicated on Wednesday that parents of five of the missing Chibok girls were left in a state of shock and confusion after receiving strange phone calls from the mobile numbers of their missing children.
The anxious parents tried in vain to phone the numbers back, but were only met with harsh words and threats.
The callers, who remained unknown, also gave conflicting information regarding their location, with one stating that they were from Ondo, whereas the other claimed that they were from Cameroon.
Meanwhile, government confirmed that they had received the video and were still reviewing it.
Information Minister, Lai Mohammed said the government was working effectively to have the girls released.
"They are ongoing talks… We cannot ignore leads…. But many of these negotiations cannot be disclosed because it could also endanger the negotiations," Mohammed said.
- News24 Nigeria