Nigerian Singer Offers Her Virginity To Boko Haram In Exchange For Kidnapped Schoolgirls
It's been over two months since militant group Boko Haram kidnapped an estimated 276* girls from their schoolhouse in Chibok, Nigeria.
Since that time, the group is believed to be responsible for additional abductions of 20 women from another northeastern community and an estimated 91 others, both women and men, from southern villages.
Although many Nigerians' responses to this extremist group seemingly terrorizing the country with impunity has been to criticize the government or form their own vigilante groups, one Nigerian singer has been moved to offer up similarly drastic measures to make sure those kidnapped can be returned home safely.
Famous Nigerian singer Adokiye Kyrian has offered up her virginity to the Boko Haram group in exchange for the safe return of the schoolgirls stolen in the middle of the night.
The 23-year-old Kyrian, who revealed to media outlets earlier this year that she was still a virgin, said she would send herself in place of the young women abducted in April.
Those little girls, where they are and what could be happening to them. It is just unfair. They are too young. I wish I could offer myself in exchange.
Kyrian said she was particularly troubled by how young the kidnapped girls are. Recent reports indicate that some have been sold into marriage in neighboring countries, or might be getting raped by their Boko Haram captors.
They are between 12 and 15 year old girls for Christ sake. I am older and more experienced. Even if 10 to 12 men have to take me every night, I don’t care. Just release these girls and let them go back to their parents.
Kyrian's statements are certainly extreme, but they're not entirely unsurprising. So many Nigerians are feeling entirely helpless during this unjust situation, and will seemingly do anything to limit Boko Haram's power and protect the citizens of the country.
*Editor's Note: The actual figure of Nigerian schoolgirls who were abducted varies from source to source, but US intelligence estimates that number to be 276.