By Adenike Lucas
The Federal Government of Nigeria insists that it is determined to secure the release of the abducted Chibok girls.
Following the release of a video showing some of the student kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014, the Information Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed explained that everything possible was being done to secure the freedom of the girls.
The school girls were abducted by Boko Haram from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria 28 months ago.
In a video released on Sunday 14 August by the deadly sect, parents recognised their missing daughters.
Mr and Mrs Yakubu identified their daughter; Dorcas has one of the 218 Chibok Girls captured by the militant group.
While speaking at the Presidential Villa, today in Abuja, the former Publicity Secretary for the All Progressives Congress maintained that the government was in touch with members of Boko Haram.
“I am talking from a point of knowledge. It does not matter what other people say. I know that the government is in touch with the group,” he said.
Yesterday, the Minister released a statement to the press through his Special Adviser, saying that the government was “on top of the situation,” concerning the release of the girls.
He said because it was not the first time they had made contact with the group: “we want
to be doubly sure that those we are in touch with are who they claim to be.”
“We hope that the latest development will signal the beginning of the end of the nightmare to which the girls, their families and indeed all Nigerians have been subjected since the unfortunate abduction,” Alhaji Mohammed expressed.
The Nigerian army declared the journalist, Mr Ahmed Salkida who discussed the details of the video before it was released on YouTube, a wanted man.
In the 3:39 minute video, an Hausa speaking gunman demanded the release of fighters in return of the girls.
Mr Salkida who denies been a member of the extremist islamic group along with two others wanted by the army have voluntarily offered themselves.