Nigerian journalist, Ahmad Salkida, who always gives accurate information on activities of the Boko Haram terrorist group, has claimed that 98 of the about 113 Chibok girls still in Boko Haram captivity are dead with only 15 still alive.
This is coming on the heels of President Muhammadu Buhari’s anniversary message of hope and assurance to the parents of the abducted school girls. He had asked them not to lose hope, promising that his administration will ensure the girls are set free and brought back to them.
However, Salkida, in a Twitter message on Saturday, April 14, which marked exactly four years since the girls were kidnapped from their school in Chibok, Borno State, claimed that his investigation showed that only 15 of the girls are still alive and that they have been married out.
The tweet read, “Today, my painstaking investigations on the #Chibokschoolgirls revealed that just a handful of the 113 #ChibokGirls are alive. Many of the girls have died as a result of cross fires and bombardments of the security forces that no doubt were intent on rescuing them.
“I regret to state here that only 15 out of the 113 #Chibokgirls are alive today, based on my investigations in the last three months and we have already seen some of them in a video, which I exclusively obtained and was published on SR website.
“What is the status of the remaining 15 girls as far as negotiations are concerned? My investigations also revealed that, they are no longer under the control of #AbubakarShekau. According to sources, they are now ‘married’ and only their ‘husbands’ can decide their fates.
“If they are divorced or the men are killed that is when Shekau’s decision takes precedence, and in this instance, since the girls have been indoctrinated, their leader has no right to negotiate for their release, no matter the ransom offered, reliable multiple sources said.
“It will be unbearable to share the names of the 15 that are alive here, this is the responsibility of Government. When I was involved, I regularly provided proof of life. Government must demand that to prove me wrong or stop negotiating for many of the girls that don’t exists.
“The secrecy around the condition of the #ChibokGirls and most recent #DapchiGirls debacle by those involved is the reason people like me are out of the picture. The fact remains that under the present circumstances there is NO room for peace settlement.
“The way out for these girls, is a military rescue or negotiate wt individual captors to release their ‘wives’ in return for some kind of deal, but this will mean death to these fighters bcz the terror group now sees the girls as part of their own and must be protected.
“How come there is little or no information about the girls and both the parents and campaigners are in the dark? Because, Government resist independent reporting of the crisis, most of the reports are choreographed & Nigerians are also not ready to hear the truth or stand by it.”
About 270 of the girls were abducted by Boko Haram, but some escaped soon after they were kidnapped. The Federal Government had also through negotiation with the terrorist, freed some of them while about 113 remained in captivity.