In a new YouTube video, the leader of the Nigerian Islamist rebel group Boko Haram has offered to release more than 200 schoolgirls that were abducted by his group in exchange for the release of Boko Haram prisoners held by the government.
The footage, which was obtained by AFP, shows what looks to be over 100 girls in an unknown rural location dressed in traditional Islamic hijabs and reciting from the Koran. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau reportedly speaks for 17 minutes on the video and says that the girls who were kidnapped from their school campus in mid-April have now converted to Islam.
What’s your opinion? Do you think the Nigerian government should consider giving up prisoners in exchange for the release of the kidnapped girls?
Check out the video below.