A video showing 15 of the abducted Chibok girls was purportedly released to local officials on Tuesday, April 12.
Boko Haram insurgents abducted 276 schoolgirls from Chibok two years ago, and while 57 students successfully escaped, 219 still remain in captivity.
In the video tagged as ‘proof of life’, the teenage girls said they are from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok while pleading with the Nigerian government to cooperate with Boko Haram on their release.
The girls were reported to have said they were being treated well but wanted to go home and be with their families.
According to Reuters, the mothers Rifkatu Ayuba and Mary Ishaya said they recognised their daughters, Saratu and Hauwa, in the video, while a third mother, Yana Galang, identified five of the missing girls.
The three mothers were invited to the viewing centre by the Chairman of Chibok Local Government Area, Bana Lawan.
After viewing the video at a screening organised by local officials in Maiduguri, Galang told Reuters over the telephone, that the girls were all wearing hijab in the video and ‘they were looking very, very well’.
“They were definitely our daughters … all we want is for the government to bring back our girls. We only heard a man’s voice and saw his finger pointing at the girls one after the other.”
She said the girls in the video spoke in Hausa language and Kibaku, the local Chibok language while noting that no member of Boko Haram was seen in the video.
Rifkatu Ayuba was elated to see her 17 year old daughter Saratu for the first time in 2 years, after the video was shown to her
“My Saratu! I felt like removing her from the screen. If I could, I would have removed her from the screen.”
While the source of the video cannot be immediately ascertained, CNN reports that the feelers from the Nigerian government suggest that the video was provided by the terror group as an act of good faith.