Boko Haram has released a video showing the abducted Kankara schoolboys.
In the video released on Thursday by the insurgents, some of the boys, looking distraught, appealed to the government to cooperate with their abductors so that they can be freed.
They also demanded that vigilante groups should be dissolved and all schools “excluding Islamiyyah” closed.
“Please help us. Tell the vigilantes and soldiers not to come around,” one of the boys in the video said, adding “more than 500 of us are in the forest”.
“Close any form of school, including Islamiyah. Please send the army back. They can’t do anything to help us. Please sir, we need your assistance,” the distraught boy said.
He went into fluid native tongue for some seconds before the camera cuts and pans.
Standing behind the spokesboy were other abducted boys with hands folded in supplication.
“Please, you have to send all the soldiers and armies back, please sir,” he begs.