6 May 2014

Nigeria: The Chibok Kidnapping - an Intricate Public Relations Exercise


Boko Haram has confirmed that it is responsible for the kidnapping of 300 Nigerian women. But if human trafficking were truly the motivation behind Boko Haram's abduction of the Chibok students, why would leader Abubakar Shekau wait nearly three weeks to claim responsibility for the incident?

In a video released to AFP on 5 May, Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, confirmed what many had feared - that the Islamist extremist sect was responsible for the 15 April kidnapping of more than 300 female students from the north-eastern Nigerian town of Chibok.

In the communique, Shekau stated, "I am the one who captured all those girls and will sell all of them. I have a market where I sell human beings because it is Allah that says I should sell human beings. Yes, I will sell women, because I sell women."

Shekau's rhetoric seemingly confirmed my initial suggestions that human trafficking may have been a motivation for the Chibok kidnapping.

In my blog entry 'Why have you taken our girls?' I referenced an extract from a 30 March statement which Shekau had made, threatening the abduction and possible trade of female civilians. "In Islam, it is allowed to ...

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