Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Traditional hunters say they are ready to join search for Chibok girls

Traditional hunters in some Northern states say they are ready to join the military in the search for missing Chibok girls, Associated Press reports.
According to the report, the hunters numbering about 500 and ranging between 18 to 80 years old have been in Borno state for two weeks now waiting for the government and the military to give them the permission to go after the missing girls. 

The hunters say their magic charms would prevent any blood being drawn from their body. They also expressed their belief in their herbs wrapped in leather pouches as well as cowrie shells, animal teeth and leather bracelets, including a cocktail of fetish substances which provides them spiritual powers that protects them from being pierced by bullets.
 One of the  spokesman for the hunters said
“We're not saying we are better than the soldiers, but we know the bush better than the soldiers. We are seasoned hunters, the bush is our culture and we have the powers that defy guns and knives; we are real men of courage, we trust in Allah for protection, but we are not afraid of Boko Haram. If government is ready to support us, then we can bring back the girls. But if they are not, they should tell us so that we can disband and return to our homes and family,” said one elderly hunter, Baban Kano.

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