The fate of more than 200 Nigerian girls, that were kidnapped in April by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, has turned even more nightmarish when the leader of Boko Haram announced plans to sell them.
“I abducted your girls,” the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, said in the 57-minute video.
Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sinful”, has been waging a bloody insurgency to establish sharia law in northern Nigeria.
“I have kidnapped a girl in an school with Western education and that bothers you. I say that Western education must end – it must end! The girls must leave and get married,” he said.
Shekau also threatened to sell the girls.
“By Allah, I will sell them in the marketplace,” he said in the video, which starts off with Islamist fighters lofting automatic rifles and shooting in the air as they chant “Allahu akbar!” (“God is great”). France24
The girls students aged 15 to 18, were kidnapped April 14 after the Islamic militant group stormed their school in Chibok. It is thought that 223 girls are missing, while 53 escaped during the storming of the school.
Nigeria is Africa’s largest producer of oil and its second largest economy. Boko Haram emerged in the early 2000s as a small, radical Sunni Islamic sect that advocates a strict interpretation and implementation of Islamic law for Nigeria.