Factional leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has told parents of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls remaining in captivity, to accept members of his sect as their sons-in-law.
He told parents of the about 100 girls in his grip to consider himself and his men as their in-laws because their daughters were “happily married” to his fighters.
Newsworth had reported of the video on Monday showing a young woman, who on behalf of the girls, stated that they were being taken care of by Shekau and are not ready to return to their families. Babies were seen in the footage lending credibility to the fears that they have been married off.
In the 36-minute video said to have been recorded on Sunday, January 14, the Boko Haram leader said the 107 girls that had so far regained their freedom were released by his group because they refused to convert to Islam or get married.
According to him, “That is why the Chibok schoolgirls, who have gone through the western education, are today following the book of God, because they have come to understand that the constitution is not the right path but a deception. They have now realised that your laws in Nigeria is not for good for them. It is written in the first article of your constitution that the constitution takes precedence over and above any other law book including the holy books. But how come these Chibok girls still come to accept the laws and constitution of God?
“You use to teach children in iyour schools to say ‘I pledge to Nigeria my country, to be faithful loyal and honest, to serve Nigeria with all my strength, to defend her honour and glory’. Is that not what you teach your pupils?
“It is still the same you that ask the children to sing ‘Arise O’ Compatriots, Nigerians call obey. To serve our father land, with love and strength and faith, the labor of hour heroes past shall never be in vain…’. Is that not what you teach our young children in school that they should not allow the labour of past leaders to waste in vain.”
“The Chibok girls that have become Muslims, and got married peacefully, are even calling on your parents to come accept Islam. May God bless you all. And we call on the parents of the Chibok girls that have become good Muslims to accept our ways and be part of us. You have become our in-laws by the virtue of your daughters marrying us. We are now in-laws. We are not fighting with the people, but those that stand against God’s commandment. That is why we reject your books and constitution. That is why I have said it in the past that ‘No rule and regulation in the world rather than Quran’.”
Shekau also claimed having in custody 10 policewomen who were abducted along Damboa-Maiduguri Road when his men ambushed a military convoy in 2017. The camera operator later captured the abducted 10 policewomen, many of who wept as they looked into camera.
He continued that recent attempt by the troops to invade his enclave and rescue the policewomen was met with severe resistance that caused the government heavy losses including an helicopter, armoured tank, armoured personnel carrier and trucks.
The Boko Haram leader, who spoke mostly in Hausa, debunked claims of the Nigerian military that he was “unhealthy” and “a spent horse”.
While claiming responsibility for most of the suicide bombings that took place of late, he stated that his group would not give up the fight because they are devoted to the cause.
Meanwhile, a representative of the policewomen made the following speech in the video, “Assalamu alaikum to the people of Nigeria, here we are in the captivity of Boko Haram. Since our abduction we have been kept alive and well. But our plea is to the president of Nigeria and his vice president to have mercy on us and help us out of here.
“We are Nigerian citizens and we plead with you to come and rescue us just as you had promised to do in the past.
“We want you to rescue us in the same manner you rescued the Chibok girls. The other day that your troops invaded this place, was it meant to rescue us or to kill us. We want you to kindly deploy safe means of rescuing us all. We are 10 of us that are held here.”