Fox News is reporting that the 27-minute video, which emerged today, was obtained by the French news agency, Agence France-Presse. It is the first sighting of the girls since their abduction on April 14 from a state-sponsored school in the town of Chibok by the terrorists. Although some girls have escaped, more than 200 remain missing.
Also breaking today is news from the Nigerian government that they have made “indirect contact” with Boko Haram. Although not elaborating on how this contact was made, a government official named Dr. Reuben Abati told Sky News that there are no plans to exchange money for the girls.
“The government of Nigeria has no intention to pay a ransom or to buy the girls, because the sale of human beings is a crime against humanity,” Dr. Abati said. “The determination of the government is to get the girls and to ensure that the impunity that has brought this about is checked and punished.”
The release of the video follows a report by Amnesty International which claims that Nigerian security forces were aware that a convoy of fighters from Boko Haram were approaching the town of Chibok four hours before the April 14 kidnapping, but did nothing to stop it.
This latest information has only added to the fury of the world community about the ineffectiveness of the Nigerian government in bringing this lawless band of murderers to justice.
“This is a clear case of mismanagement of a small group of bandits who have been allowed to really grow into a monstrous terrorist organization that we now have,” said Atiku Abubakar, former vice president of Nigeria, to Sky News.
Thus far, Boko Haram has caused the deaths of more than 1,500 people, including many women and children, such as the 40 boys who were burned alive in a school dormitory in February of this year.
The group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, has openly taunted the government and has threatened to sell the girls “at the market”. Some are already believed to have been sold as “wives” and taken to neighboring countries.
Vatican spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., called the kidnapping of the girls yet another of the “horrible forms of violence long typical of this group.”
He continued, “The denial of any respect for the lives and dignity of the human person, even the most innocent, vulnerable and defenseless, calls for the strongest condemnation and elicits the most heartfelt compassion for the victims, as well as horror at the physical and spiritual suffering and the incredible humiliation inflicted upon them. We add our voice to the many appeals for their liberation and their restoration to a normal condition of life. We hope and pray that Nigeria, thanks to the commitment of all those who are able to help, may find a way to end a situation of conflict and hateful terrorism which is a source of incalculable suffering”.
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