54 Girls in the Boko Haram Video Have Been Identified, Says Gov Shettima
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has said that 54 girls in the Boko Haram video released by AFP showing about 130 of the girls believed to be those abducted from their school on April 14 has been identified by their parents.
The governor said on this Tuesday while addressing a group of the #BringBackOurGirls protesters who stormed the Borno State governors lodge in Abuja.
The governor said the 54 girls were identified by their names after the parents watched the video the girls were shown reading some verses of the holy Quran following the claims by the leader of the Boko Haram sect Abubakar Shekau that they have been converted to Islam.
“We summoned the principal and teachers and they were able to identify many of the girls in that video,” Shettima said.
While commending the officers and men of the armed forces for doing their best in tackling the problem, the governor said People are looking for scapegoats with issues they are raising, adding that some conspiracy theories come from the highest levels of governance.
“I do not intend to join issues… The truth is that those girls were abducted; “The decision to conduct exams in Chibok was taken with WAEC. Chibok was considered relatively safe. I have proof”
“We got an alert about the impending attack. We have a robust alert system. We relayed it promptly to the authorities”
“There is no Governor that controls the army or any of the security apparatus”
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