Parents of the abducted “Chibok girls” call on Nigeria’s government to negotiate a release of their children. The government remains cautious.
After watching his daughter on video for the first time since she was abducted two years ago, Yakubu Kabu is torn between relief and fear.
“When I heard her voice, I realized that this is my daughter. I am very happy. Since they they went to that place, I didn’t hear anything from her,” he told reporters in Nigeria’s capital Abuja.
But for Kabu and his wife, the sleepless nights are set to continue.
“She’s not in a good condition. She has grown slim, she was not like that,” Kabu said.
“We want the government to move quickly, because some girls are suffering, they are very very sick, some are in a terrible condition,” he added.
In the video, their daughter, probably speaking under duress, begged the parents of the girls to pressure the Nigerian government to release imprisoned Boko Haram fighters in exchange for the more than 200 girls who were abducted from their school in Chibok two years ago.
She also said that many girls had been killed by Nigerian military air strikes against Boko Haram.
A militant also warned the government of President Muhammadu Buhari in the video that the parents will never see the girls again if the military campaign against Boko Haram continues.