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Boko Haram says schoolgirls married

2014-11-01 12:08

Kano - Boko Haram has claimed the 219 schoolgirls it kidnapped in Nigeria earlier this year have converted to Islam and have been married.

The Islamist group's leader, Abubakar Shekau, also denied claims by Nigeria's government that it had agreed to a ceasefire and apparently ruled out future talks.

In addition, Shekau said the Islamists were holding a German national, who was kidnapped in Adamawa state in northeast Nigeria in July.

The schoolgirls were kidnapped from the remote northeast town of Chibok in Borno state in April, raising global awareness about the group whose five-year insurgency in northern Nigeria has claimed an estimated 13 000 lives.

Little trust

The new video, obtained by AFP on Friday, comes after a surprise announcement by the Nigerian military and presidency on 17 October that a deal had been reached with the militants to end hostilities and return the children.

There was immediate scepticism about both claims. Previous ceasefires have proved fruitless and there is little trust in the influence of the purported Boko Haram envoy, Danladi Ahmadu.

Violence - and renewed kidnappings - have continued unabated since the announcement, including a triple bombing of a bus station in the northern city of Gombe on Friday that killed at least eight.

Nigeria's government maintains that talks are ongoing in the Chadian capital, Ndjamena.

But Shekau, speaking in Hausa, dressed in military fatigues and boots with a black turban, and flanked by 15 armed fighters, said: "We have not made ceasefire with anyone.

Marital homes

"We did not negotiate with anyone... It's a lie. It's a lie. We will not negotiate. What is our business with negotiation? Allah said we should not."

He also said he did not know Danladi.

Shekau previously threatened to sell the girls as slave brides and also suggested he would be prepared to release them in exchange for Boko Haram prisoners.

In the latest message, he said while laughing: "We have married them off. They are in their marital homes."


Human Rights Watch said in a report published this week that Boko Haram was holding upwards of 500 women and young girls and that forced marriage was commonplace in the militant camps.

Comments
  • carmen.tatumm - 2014-11-01 12:19

    What a religion

      Klaus Muller - 2014-11-01 14:03

      @Pumlani, what goes around comes around such as BAD KARMA, watch out, seriously not appropriate, even sick.

  • Mzomuhle Shange - 2014-11-01 12:20

    This is insane,how can a person Be forced ro another relegoin and top of that be gorced To a marriege.lord save us

      John Greystoke - 2014-11-01 12:23

      Converted under the barrel of a gun?

      Cindy Watson - 2014-11-01 17:30

      Thats islam for u change or die and it even happens here in S.A especially in fordsburg and mayfair were maids are forced to chang to islam or get fired. Had three domestic workers and there friends who told me this.

      Humeira Mogalia - 2014-11-03 13:30

      Cindy - what complete and utter nonsense. I find that very hard to believe

      Cindy Watson - 2014-11-04 10:37

      @Humeira I honestly dont care what u think, I had three domestic workers that told me and one of the domestic works husband couldnt find a job there because he wasnt muslim.

  • Bnet Jonas - 2014-11-01 12:20

    Its just a matter of time before they are doing this to your daughters in SA. They are in government, running the economy and converting our brothers for a loaf of bread

      John Greystoke - 2014-11-01 12:23

      Then we shoot! Not with rubber bullets either. Hard ball.

      jonas.Bnet - 2014-11-01 15:05

      Christians are too fragmented and naive to fight together

      John Greystoke - 2014-11-01 17:02

      The Christians are too slapgat to fight, they want to pray things right. We will fight as parents, not as christians.

  • Sugan Moodley - 2014-11-01 12:37

    This ceasefire and talks of releasing the girls was too good to be true. GoodLuck is clutching at straws for the next election. Haven't there been claims that Abubakar Shekau is dead by the same Nigerian Government.

      Stanton Clarke - 2014-11-02 09:09

      The man will need some Good Luck in the upcoming elections.

  • Azwindini Patrick Maphangule - 2014-11-01 12:55

    Why can't the world soldeirs came out in numbers to kill this so called Boko Haram

      Anthoula Joshua - 2014-11-01 13:02

      Agree!!

  • Solomon Shabalala - 2014-11-01 12:59

    Boko Haram Enough is enough

  • Madulla Nkosi - 2014-11-01 13:03

    The Satanic Cult doing what it does best - acting like uncivilized savages. This 'region' is perfect for brainless retards and it's followers .........ARE INCAPABLE OF REALIZING the evil that they worship.

  • Solomon Shabalala - 2014-11-01 13:06

    forced marriage doing by Nigerian terrorist Boko Haram

  • C-pho Rangayi - 2014-11-01 13:07

    Soldiers around the world need to unite and come up with a strategy to end this Boko Haram tendancy.

  • Andile Khoza - 2014-11-01 13:11

    Who cares? Where are the bodies of our people?

      Andries Hendrik Pretorius - 2014-11-01 13:23

      Intelligent people with moral fibre care, you are clearly not one of them. #clown

      Elsje Cilliers - 2014-11-01 13:23

      Stop worrying about a couple of dead bodies, when there are hundreds of living girls being tortured.

      Nkululeko Page Ngwenya - 2014-11-01 14:16

      You're probably just knowingly being a troll but I wish it was you there

      Marie - 2014-11-01 16:13

      Andile Khoza Are you saying that the + 200 kidnapped girls are less important "! who ware forced in to so call"d marriage!? And raped ?! Then the dead bodies ?! What difference will make ??? The dead bodies?! The are gone ! You ?!" not any one can !!- not prophet Jonathan"" can bring back lives! Do you have any humanity in you?! Or behaving like Boko haram savages!

  • Zebron Henry Banda - 2014-11-01 13:16

    I have little or nix knowledge of what the KORAN SAYS OR PREACHES.but to abduct,use girls/women as sex slaves,that's very unGODLY.TO OUR MUSLIMS BRETHREN WHEREVER YOU ARE:NO HUMAN IS BY NATURE A PROPERTY OF ANOTHER.WOMEN ARE NOT SEX OBJECTS!DISGUSTING!

  • sthembize.zulu - 2014-11-01 13:23

    Something is seriously wrong with the Nigerian government; how could they allow a proud country to be made a mockery of by some renegade group

      Andries Hendrik Pretorius - 2014-11-01 13:37

      Like Zuma they only care about themselves. In South Africa more money is spent on protecting the Cleptocracy than protecting the borders. South Africa and Nigeria are no longer souvereign countries.

  • Rendani Nemavhidi - 2014-11-01 13:24

    Just the right shot in the arm for Jonathan s election campaign. Surely you can never make a good deal with the devil.

  • Lilith Eris - 2014-11-01 13:25

    and my married he means.. kidnapped and raped!! oh how pathetic islam truly is!! its a religion that treats woman as possession and only good for housework and being receptacles of male semen..

  • ca9ef512-cfba-448c-82ff-f9e607636b07 - 2014-11-01 13:33

    Boko haram is actin totally out of the dictates of islam infact I doubt they are muslim so please people dnt be fooled by the boko haraam morons further more the majority of muslims are not supporters of boko idiots

      Warren - 2014-11-02 09:27

      Agreed. Earlier this year there was a protest in Cape Town against Israel which was attended by 1000's of Muslims, when is the one against Boko Haraam? Your's is the only Muslim comment I've seen on this topic, but there are dozens on the one about Jews "provocating" Muslims on the Temple Mount by praying. The main scream followers of Islam have a lot to answer for

  • Sefako Mokgalaka - 2014-11-01 13:52

    Boko haram devil sent

  • Azana Booi - 2014-11-01 13:52

    LooooL!!!! Need I say more?

  • Binte Maya - 2014-11-01 13:56

    How unfortunate and heartbreaking to see how these ppl who call themselves muslims can use islam for such actions!! How can anyone kidnap girls n just force them into marriage... really unacceptable.

  • ca9ef512-cfba-448c-82ff-f9e607636b07 - 2014-11-01 14:00

    Denzil r u daft o jus mis informed boko haram is not muslim nor are they actin on the teachings of islam n so is n e other terrorist group that is beheading o doing n e other babaric act

  • Adrian Bruce Cloete - 2014-11-01 14:04

    Can somebody pleeeease BOMB these a$$holes! PLEASE...

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2014-11-01 14:10

    Tears of the sun!

  • Kgaogelo Sekhaolelo - 2014-11-01 14:14

    Itz jihad u know it is

  • Kgaogelo Sekhaolelo - 2014-11-01 14:18

    Yeah right they not

  • Tshepo Mogale - 2014-11-01 14:20

    These guys are a disgrace to Islam

      Cindy Watson - 2014-11-02 07:39

      No islam is a disgrace to humanity

  • Daniel - 2014-11-01 14:20

    Sex slaves No peep from human rights activists or maybe they only have a concience if the victims are Palestinian

      Cindy Watson - 2014-11-01 17:39

      Yes they're more worried about woolworths then protesting this injustice that reflects their religion. And the sad part is using black people to help protest woolworths and the sad part is that the black people are only hurting their own people that works there.

  • Tavengwa Chivirira Muchini - 2014-11-01 14:30

    These people are not proudly Nigeria and real force must be used and for all.Crush them now.I wish i could direct the army there!

  • africanhero - 2014-11-01 14:38

    Where is Hoodluck Jonathan? He has failed to deal with Boko Haram yet he still wants to stand for president.

  • Binte Maya - 2014-11-01 14:38

    Helen.. the world issues can not revolve around protests.... what have all the protests done so far...? has any good come out of it.? I suggest we start working together... n not keep find fault with one another..i n many others agree these actions which they carry out in the name of islam are totally unacceptable..

      Baruch Spinoza - 2014-11-01 19:03

      Hello dear Binte.

  • Chantelle Crocker Monaghan - 2014-11-01 14:40

    where is Obama, Cameron, the UN? why is it only when it is africa they dont care

      joannekc1 - 2014-11-01 15:02

      They were there to give advice. Not much they can do if the Nigerian President doesn't take direction and would rather sit around wearing hats.

  • Ewan Doyle - 2014-11-01 14:48

    Now you know why some SA Muslims claim it is the fastest growing religion?

  • teo.vanniekerk - 2014-11-01 15:15

    Time to send in the Israeli's , it should only take 4 days to wipe the total Boko Harram movie out !

      Dylan Whittal - 2014-11-01 19:00

      israel would then be accused of genocide

  • Wanda Nkhwashu - 2014-11-01 15:34

    Useless and arrogant Jonathan

  • Paulson Meziri - 2014-11-01 16:08

    When is cosas going to protest this gross human rights violation or are they deaf and dumb in their brain and heart ?

  • Tumelo Troubadour - 2014-11-01 16:46

    The painful and most absurd part of it all is that the girls were abducted in government's care,yet the same government is not acting! I feel for their parents

  • Jay Holte - 2014-11-01 17:17

    Why does the world not get involved with this as they are in Syria etc.? These are children .....

      Olushola Ajayi - 2014-11-01 18:19

      what is this world turning at.Let the truth tell of himself.poor girls.

  • Thabelo Shoeshoe Moshoeshoe - 2014-11-01 18:09

    somebody shoot Shekau s black A## already,eventualy all his deeds will catch up on him,nd when dat day comes even his mother will hail praises.

  • Jeff Rich Horn - 2014-11-01 18:19

    They were likely to get married at some time anyway so what's the fuss.

  • Aubree Phethedi Wa-Matjep - 2014-11-01 19:24

    On the other hand!!! This girls might convert to islam because their brothers and fathers were tortured and killed by the Nigerian army accusing them of being Boko Haram... Its a chaos in Nigeria, the state will never win this battle, meanwhile Boko Haram is growing bigger and bigger as the state itself turn its own people into enemies accusing everyone poor of being a Boko Haram... As for the Saxophone player (man in black dobs) he has nothing to lose.

  • Vuledzani Vule - 2014-11-01 20:46

    World leaders should be ashamed of themselves,un,au,why is no one doing something to bring this children back?

  • Binte Maya - 2014-11-01 21:30

    Thank you marie ann for understanding!

  • Nkosi Hlo Cofu - 2014-11-02 00:25

    Does Nigeria have a government and an army? If yes what is it use?

  • Dumeza Nkala - 2014-11-02 02:21

    Meant to say all the way to hello...

  • Dumeza Nkala - 2014-11-02 02:22

    Hell.

  • Mlungisi Kunene - 2014-11-02 08:00

    It is gross to learn of this forced marriages! what more can we expect from the Nigerian government, they have failed to expedite return of the dead bodies from the synagogue, how much more 200 plus Alive young girls.

      Sifiso Collen Sithole - 2014-11-02 16:48

      they r useless yet here in SA they think they rule,theres a group of muslims terrorisin the country & the government is petrified of them.

  • Michael MyVegas Flack - 2014-11-02 11:57

    The problem with Boko-haram is its muslins VS the Christians so I can only imagine that half the military is willing to fight (that being the Christina half) while the other half is either on the fence or do not wish to confront fellow Muslims in a fight. This division is what's making the Nigerian government weak and unable to properly do anything so they instead lie thought their teeth like nothings wrong to hang on to power a bit longer. At the rate Nigeria is in trouble of a complete uprising from the Muslim half and the crimes and suffering of all Christians during the times that follow will be unthinkable. See this is what religion does it segregates people more fundamentally then race or nationality ever has and it was causing suffering all around the world (this includes victims of religion even in the western world who are persecuted for their lifestyle choices and even the followers who are brainwashed to a life of guilt and service to their churches political goals and ambitions).

  • Chris Sterry - 2014-11-02 13:36

    Boko Haram are implying that the abducted girls have freely converted to Islam and agreed to marry. If that be so then allow the girls to freely speak about their life under Boko Haram, what as Boko Haram to hide?

  • Fikile Nozombile - 2014-11-02 16:41

    Boko Haram can you give me three girls so that i can have isiThembu, hahahahaha.

  • Mukanya - 2014-11-03 10:48

    I had always suspected that the former girls are now mothers to be. BOKO HARAM have forced themselves on to the girls without their concert. Shame on to them.

      Cindy Watson - 2014-11-03 11:58

      Shame on such a sick religion

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