A member of the Boko Haram group spoke to Debora Patta a CBS NEWS reporter. The man calls himself Saleh Abubakar and told CBS news that he’s been a member of Boko Haram for seven years. He’d been reluctant to talk to CBS News; he said:
“We go to their school and attack some of soldiers and policemen,” he said.
But when asked why his group decided to target schoolgirls, Abubakar abruptly ended the interview, asking for a safer, indoor location.
He told CBS News he’d seen the girls three weeks ago, and they were being well cared for.
“Some of them will complain of headache; we have medicine,” he said, when asked if any of the girls were sick. “We have everything in the place where we keep them.”
“We didn’t make them convert to Islam by force, just by preaching, you understand,” he said
“As I tell you, we are not forcing anyone to accept Islam. We are just preaching to them.”
He said the girls would be held captive until the Nigerian government released Boko Haram fighters from prison.
“If Allah wish, nothing will happen to them,” he said. “But we ask the government if they don’t release our brothers, we are not going to release them.”
But when asked whether the girls will be killed if the government does not release the prisoners, he replied;
“I will not tell you what we are going to do.”
He also said that the abductions had been planned for three months before they happened, and he warned that Boko Haram intends to kidnap more schoolgirls. The group draws its inspiration from al Qaeda, and he claims they have networks around the world, including in America.
If you want to watch a clip from his interview, then click HERE