Skip to comments.Boko Haram leader vows to sell abducted schoolgirls
Posted on 05/05/2014 8:56:30 AM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
Boko Haram on Monday claimed the abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls in northern Nigeria that has triggered international outrage, threatening to sell them as "slaves".
"I abducted your girls," the Islamist group's leader Abubakar Shekau said in the 57-minute video obtained by AFP, referring to the 276 students kidnapped from their boarding school in Chibok, Borno state, three weeks ago.
Fifty-three of the girls managed to escape from the militants but 223 were still being held, state police said last Friday.
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan and his administration have been under mounting pressure to act since gunmen stormed the girls' school on April 14, forcing them from their dormitories onto truck and driving them into the bush.
Jonathan pledged in his first public comments on the abduction on Sunday evening that the government would find the girls and return them to their families.
"This is a trying time for this country... it is painful," he said, adding that he had sought help from foreign powers, including the United States, to help Nigeria tackle its security challenges.
In the latest video, Shekau is seen dressed in combat fatigues standing in front of an armoured personnel carrier and two pick-up trucks mounted with sub-machine guns.
Six armed men stand beside him with their faces covered.
The images are blurry at times but zoom in to Shekau, who speaks in the local Hausa language and Arabic, as well as English.
For the first 14 minutes, he takes a swipe at democracy, Western education, efforts for Muslims and Christians to live in peace and rails against non-believers in Islam.
"I abducted a girl at a Western education school and you are disturbed. I said Western education should end. Western education should end. Girls, you should go and get married," he said.
"I will repeat this: Western education should fold up. I abducted your girls."
"I will sell them in the market, by Allah," Shekau said, claiming his group was holding the girls as "slaves".
"I will marry off a woman at the age of 12. I will marry off a girl at the age of nine," he said elsewhere in the video.
Unconfirmed reports from local leaders in Chibok suggested that the girls had been taken across Nigeria's borders with Chad and Cameroon and sold as brides for as little as $12.
Boko Haram has been waging an increasingly deadly insurgency in Nigeria's north that has claimed more than 1,500 lives this year alone.
The violence has largely been confined to three northeastern states -- Borno, Yobe and Adamawa -- which have been under a state of emergency since May last year.
Previous attacks have targeted government offices and military installations as well as Christian churches and schools teaching a so-called Western curriculum.
But two car bomb attacks that killed more than 90 in the same suburb of the capital Abuja in three weeks have raised fears that the Islamists are changing tactics and targets.
On Friday, the United States issued a security warning to its citizens in Nigeria to avoid two Sheraton hotels in the financial capital, Lagos, because of an unspecified threat.
Unprecedented security has been put in place for the regional meeting of the World Economic Forum, which takes place in Abuja from Wednesday to Friday.
International attention on the plight of the missing girls was initially slow but has grown quickly in recent days, in part because of a social media campaign -- #bringbackourgirls.
US Secretary of State John Kerry vowed Saturday that Washington would do "everything possible" to help Nigeria deal with Boko Haram militants and bring the children home.
How about drone strikes on this animal, Obama? Is he one of your long lost African brothers too??
Do you think this Muslim child rapist would be making videos if Sarah Palin were President of these United States? His ass would be grass.
How about some Nigerians making a list of the 500 most militant Muslim clerics, and vowing a war of assassination against them until the BS stops?
someone should ask CAIR for an opinion.
Why not? It was good enough for the religion's founding pederast.
I remember an afghan story...the MUSLIM father sold his little daughter for 3 bucks.
How about taking these clerics, and selling them off to be married? At whatever they age they are.
I admit there is a problem. Maybe it would take a blind camel to bid for one of them for a wife.
Will Clown Prince nobama buy any? Will hillary, The Incompetent, buy any?
CAIR would congratulate Achmed for his cheap rates.
The problem with the terrorists is finding them. I would be fine with a “take no prisoners” attitude towards these guys wherever found.
The religion of peace, understanding and human values. They should be shot down in the street like rabid dogs and the carrion left for vultures and feral dogs.
I think the objective of Boko Haram is to provoke retaliation that will divide Nigeria into a pure Muslim section and a pure Christian section, for the purpose of eliminating Christian converts from among Nigeria’s Muslims.
Can somebody tell us whether Nigerians are allowed to keep guns for self-defense? An arms-possessing and trained militia may be the only way to defeat terrorist groups like this.
The problem seems to be with the President of Nigeria who has no will to go after this guy.
Meanwhile the President’s wife orders the police to arrest the mothers of these girls because they had the audacity to protest the government’s lack of action.
Are there no men left in that country???
Boko Haram ... One of the brighter spots in the world of Islam.
Perhaps the President is doing nothing, because the president supports what Boko Haram is doing?
Don't you mean pedophile?
The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.
A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.
Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it.
No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.
-- Sir Winston Churchill (The River War, first edition, Vol. II, pages 248-50 [London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899]).
I was thinking more of:
“A Darker Shade of islam”
by Boco Haram”
threatening to sell them as slaves?
To a muslim that is what women and girls are.
Yes, but he was probably both.
He fears his own assassination, no doubt. If you are willing to lose your own life to take that of another, you can kill almost anyone, given proper planning and execution. Since the Muslim believes paradise awaits...
When they want to release/swap some of them, I toy with the idea of infecting them with some kind of disease before releasing them.
What Nigeria needs is CCW. The Boko Haram guys might be less bold if their targets (men AND women AND teenage girls) are armed.
Has there been any word from Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson on this situation?