It’s been seven months since 219 school girls were abducted from Nigeria by Boko Haram Islamist extremists. And as the crisis continues to unfold with allegations of alleged forced marriages, the latest news suggests governments have grown tone-deaf over the plight of the kidnapped schoolgirls. Many charged that media and nation states are preoccupied with the terrorism exploits from the radical group known as ISIS. Meanwhile, loved ones of the missing Nigerian girls want the Boko Haram terror group to release their daughters and send them home, according to an Epoch Times report.
In the early morning hours of April 15, some 276 young girls were taken by force from a boarding school in Chibok. Several dozen managed to escape the kidnappings by fleeing into the African bush, but others were not so lucky. Word soon got out that the terror group, Boko Haram (“Western education is sinful” in the Hausa language) claimed responsibility.
The attention soon turned to the Nigerian government, which came under fire for not using its military to rescue the women from Boko Haram’s abductors. Reportedly, foreign governments offered assistance in various forms to help in the crisis. Allegedly, Nigeria’s officials resisted efforts of outside intervention. Still, political critics and foreign policy pundits said that has never stopped global powers such as the United States and NATO from entering a country on a rescue and extraction mission.
Critics say one only has to point to Iraq, Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern countries where the West went into despite push-back from target countries and non-consenting members of the United Nations and NATO. What’s more, the kidnapping crisis of the schoolgirls by Boko Haram, which desires to establish an Islamic caliphate, rarely gets coverage from media sources since the story broke.
Today, the militant leader of the terror group taunts and laughs in a new video in which he claims the situation has reached a point of no return, as the girls have all been married off. Ironically, Boko Haram’s Abubakar Shekau, has been “killed” many times over by the United States military, but the Obama Administration dismisses new footage as propaganda.
Flanked by guards in military regalia, Skekau addresses the camera. Still, U.S. officials said it is evidence of doppelgangers, not of the arrogant leader.
“You people should understand that we only obey Allah, we tread the path of the Prophet. We hope to die on this path … Our goal is the garden of eternal bliss. If you knew the state your daughters are in today, it might lead some of you … to die from grief. The issue of the girls is long forgotten because I have long ago married them off.”
Some sources report the kidnapped girls were forced to marry radicalized fighters of Boko Haram who paid the nominal marriage fee of $12. Since their original abductions, information suggests that the girls were separated into smaller groups, which lessened detection. Moreover, many of them are said to have crossed into Chad and Cameroon after forced nuptials, decreasing chances their family will ever see them again.