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“I made up my mind to escape and that God should help me” – Chibok Girl Escapes

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Borno Survivors Speak Bella Naija

We have read several accounts of how some of the Chibok, Borno girls escaped Boko Haram’s abduction attempts. However, now we are starting to hear these stories directly from some of these girls.

Some of the escapees recently spoke to Channels Television about their experiences. Watch the video here:

Video Credit: Channels Television

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33 Comments

  1. kim

    May 7, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    it is well. its all i can say.

  2. T

    May 7, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    over to the doubtingThomas that believes d kidnapping is nt real……only God knw what they are going through as each day passes “deep sigh”…May God be with them *bringbackourgirls *realmendontbuygirls

    • Idak

      May 7, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      There are still a whole load of consistencies that this interview does not solve.
      Why are the there almost a dozen numbers posted as the number of kids kidnapped?
      You might see the doubting Thomases as heartless but in the face of the glaring inconsistencies, this interview is not alone to assuage the hearts.
      As painful as it sounds,this has been used to garner publicity by all and sundry and cry fests are being held in front of cameras online. Yet salient questions remain unanswered.
      If the govt can not even provide concise and consistent answers to simple question,you don’t expect us all to be convinced by an interview of some unverified girl.
      Even one abducted girl deserves all the sympathy and outrage yet too many unanswered questions pending.

  3. Jane Public

    May 7, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Again something or is it many things still don’t add up. If I saw this in the preeding days after it happened I may be inclined to believe it but 3 weeks after, sounds like damage control to me and putting up an act. Something is just not right about this whole thing.

  4. Busarni

    May 7, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    A WAEC Student that cant speak in English; is our secondary school system that bad? I disagre

    • mrs chidukane

      May 7, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      It’s obvious you didn’t do your nysc in the north. If you did, you won’t ask this question.And yes,I know secondary school leavers that can’t read or write.

    • Busarni

      May 7, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      Terrible, that indicts the teachers as well. How did they pass their first school leaving Certificate or even common entrance? God forbid, nothing will ever take me to the North, Olorun maje.

    • Idak

      May 7, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      So what is the point of writing SSSCE?
      Just give them a certificate of attendance.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      May 7, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      I’m in agreement with mrs chidukane. You have to have lived in the north of the country to understand the general complacency about formal education and I’m not saying this to offend, it’s simply a factual observation. It also explains how politicians in that region are able to cart away literally millions of Naira from the yearly state budget for education.

      When I was in law school, I remember the awe on campus the day a bullion van arrived with the bursaries of the only two students from Zamfara or Adamawa or Yobe or so. The van had 1 million Naira for them to share as their state allocated bursary for being the only law students from that region. These are the kinds of incentives offered by the government to spur the populace into higher institutions but a vast majority of the populace don’t take up the offer and the leaders in that region don’t encourage that vast majority to change their mind. More funds available to steal, you see…

      When you look at the overall picture, Boko Haran honestly don’t have any real threat they’re fighting against…

    • Dlapikin

      May 7, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      wasn’t there a teacher in Benin that couldn’t read? How do you think her students speak?
      It is not uncommon in remote areas that teens have such a poor command of the language that it is pointless to even consider them functional speakers. And given the settings (they are surrounded by relatives) they may have asked to answer in the local language ..

  5. Praise

    May 7, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Naija! na wa! Students writing waec cannot speak pidgin sef not to talk of good english. It obvious they staged this interview especially with the way the first girl spoke like one reading from a script. Any way, dia is God oooooo, one day the truth about Chibok girls kidnap will come out.
    It is unfortunate that Bros J. does not have the boldness to take certain actions mainly because of his “long throat” for second tenure. He knows those behind BH and he is just sitting there as if he is doing one thing. mtcheeeeeee.

    • Zizie

      May 7, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      you have no idea what the challenges are in Nigeria. You should read more about your country.

    • Pd

      May 7, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      Am sure you have not been to the north .,….pidgin english sef farrrr!

  6. Tincan

    May 7, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Just because the interviews were given in local language doesn’t mean they can’t speak in English, does it? I think they actually sound articulate albeit in Hausa

  7. Anon Bauchi

    May 7, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Even though I’m a “bring back our girls” advocate there are still some things that doesn’t add up like the realease of 180 names by waec in contrat to the 234 missing girls . Why did the gov of Borno allow students in chibok to sit for exams even after waec warned against it. We should always try to look at things from both sides. It is equally alarming that students writing waec can’t communicate in english no matter how vague. I served in Bauchi and was a volunteer teacher in a secondary school,I tutored the senior classes in english and I can comfortably tell that even though they can’t write well they can communicate somewhat in english most times speaking from back to front but we understand them if they can’t communicate then they had no business writing waec in the 1st place. There is more to this Chibok abductions that meets the eye, it is easy to stage manage anything in the north unlike the south and west trust me. I’ve seen it happen in Bauchi during elections. Only time will bring the true story to light . With that said I pray the girls whatever the number abducted be rescued safely without any loss.

    • mrs chidukane

      May 7, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      You raised a good point when you asked why the Bauchi State Government went ahead to hold the exam.That is because they don’t care. Will you believe that the Nigerian Law School posted students to Yola in Adamawa State despite the security challenges? Even to Kano?And nysc still posts corpers to the North. In this County everyone is on their own,even if you go and die nobody will take responsibility. After the immigration fiasco what happened? Has compensation been paid? Have the jobs to the deceased family members been given?Has any effort been made to recover and return the money?How about the employment for the injured? That’s Nigeria for you,nobody cares.

  8. [email protected]

    May 7, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    from the look of things, they were narrating their ordeal to the community(who better understand Hausa) and not for the camera. Its too presumptuous to say they cant speak English because they spoke in Hausa

  9. Wale

    May 7, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    I will say this again and keep saying it till the US special forces walk those “200 girls ” out of the forest(meaning until I see evidence with my koro koro eyes) that 200 girls were not kidnapped. Yes, there was the usual BH event that night at the school like we’ve gotten accustomed to. Yes, the school was torched and they stole food and perhaps took a truck load of girls-now if you listened carefully to one of the girl’s accounts, she said they brought ‘a’ truck and a car and drove for hours into the forest. How can one truck and a vehicle carry 200 girls? True we know it is normal to overload vehicles in Naija, I have seen okada do wonders, but for 200 girls you’d need at least 4 ekene Dili chuckwu buses, or 10 Black Maria type trucks or at least 200 okadas. Please correct my math if I am wrong ‘cos it is a challenge having a cup of coffee and typing on my iphone while I enjoy the morning ocean breeze here on the beach in Miami. I am so anti-Jona administration and we all agree he is the most incompetent president we’ve ever had, but on this one, I think they have their own intelligent report that shows that the few girls that were taken had returned. Now, it is possible a handful are still being held by BH. These women/parents remember we’re compensated with N1M by Shetima. I ask you to draw your conclusions. And I agree with the other poster, they’ve been coached. Will I have a good laugh when the special forces use all they high tech equipment and satellites etc to search and find nothing? Yes, and it will be an embarrassing laugh. Since we’ve gotten the all world involved and it is a hoax. It is like crying wolf. The next time we come calling for help they will say oh, it is 419 nigerians again. You know when those little boys were hacked to death and we had concrete evidence why was there no out cry?Are the lives of boys less important then girls? If we had brought it the international community then, maybe BH would have been crushed and we would have avoided this drama. But I do hope when the special forces waka

    • anonymous oh

      May 7, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      You just had to tell us you’re in Miami?

    • divadivine

      May 7, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      sometimes I don’t know what to believe but for the possibility that there are innocent girls out there, i think its worth the effort to try to find them

  10. Wale

    May 7, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    into that forest that they not chase out BH, but rather annihilate them.

  11. divadivine

    May 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    who are the people here saying these girls can’t speak english? you are part of the problem in nigeria, just because you cannot speak hausa does not make it less of a language. It is one of the 3 major languages in nigeria. I didn’t understand a word they said but subtitles were provided so there is no reason to be intolerant of the next persons language.

    back to business, the government should please fight for these people and bring their girls home. we need all the help we can get from the US. talk is cheap, let us keep embarrassing our government on a global level until they #bringbackourgirls

    • Busarni

      May 7, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      Just close that thing you call a mouth. Can you hear yourself? An SSCE student ? Tomorrow , Jamb will reduce their cut off mark to accommodate them and we end up producing half baked graduates. That is why most organizations say many graduates are unemployable. Are they going to write the WAEC in their local dialect, nonsense. Not even Pidgin English, for those that cant comprehend the language they were speaking. How are you going to convince them, that what was being translated is what they were really saying. Are we validating a situation where students in the north get a favorable cut off mark compared to students from the southern part of the country

    • Jack Bauer to the rescue

      May 7, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      @ busarni tell her @ Anty diva di wetin!! I truly feel sorry for you cos you truly are part of the problem since you can’t make deductive reasonings. #smh#

  12. Idak

    May 7, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    You are actually a bigger problem.
    These are students sitting for SSCE,right?
    An exam set in English language,right?
    Do you see the connection?

    No one said Hausa language (or any other language for that matter) is less of a language.

    • Anon Bauchi

      May 7, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      #Idak# Thank you v much # divadivine#geography mistress# isn’t getting the point we are trying to make, its obvious she’s living in denial…

    • divadivine

      May 7, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      have u confirmed that there is no hausa version of the exam? and if there isn’t, there should be. because I know of schools in lagos where they teach in yoruba (every subject, except other language classes) and i’m sure there are schools where they teach in hausa. every body that’s successful in the world doesn’t speak english, it doesn’t mean they can’t be productive or useful.

      don’t come for me unless I send for u.

    • laide

      May 7, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      are u kidding me..theres a hausa version of waec? I think you are forgetting that our official language is english, so a student attending school should be able to speak to a certain extent.

    • na me!

      May 7, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      Miss divad…., I obviously don’t know why the exams should be set in Hausa or Yoruba for that matter when it is not set in Ibibio, Obolo, Urhobo, Ijaw or Igbo for that matter for students down South. Is this a level-playing field for every Nigerian? And why should they not speak English? English is the official language in Nigeria. Not every one speaks English in the world because that is not their official language. Some arguments are not worth it. All the other posters are saying is that as SSCE students, writing exams in English, they should at least be able to communicate “a little, wee, bit in that language. Yes, we are still dragging the Nigerian problem, with you as the biggest proponent, into another century. I support the poster that said BH really do not have a problem.

  13. Anon Bauchi

    May 7, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    #Idak# Thank you v much # divadivine#geography mistress# isn’t getting the point we are trying to make, its obvious she’s living in denial…

  14. nene

    May 7, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    i’m such a conspiracy theorist and i don’t buy this chibok fiasco. and with the way international celebrities are speaking about it, i feel like it’s propaganda of some sort.i don’t believe this at all. the girls are probably holed up somewhere but i doubt any of them will be hurt, and i believe the US agents (FBI/CIA/other intelligence agencies, those who benefit financially from war and insecurity, and their “agents” in Nigeria have known and probably planned this whole Chibok disappearance, including some of the things that have happened in the north.

  15. BeautyGeekng.com

    May 7, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    WOW @ the comments

  16. Cool cat

    May 7, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Whether 1 girl was abducted or 200 girls, chibok is in turmoil. Are we saying because the number may be far lower than the stated figure the matter should receive less attention? It’s been 3 weeks, it is more than enough time for the president to have gatherd enough information to determine if the kidnapping happened or not. It is more than enough time for him to address the nation on this matter, and give nigerians the assurance that we are safe, that our children are safe, that anyone working against the progress of this country be it boko haram or their sponsors will be brought to book. That is what a leader does. Right from the fuel subsidy strike, I knew this man is not moved by the sufferings of nigerians. There is God oooo

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