The Nigerian hunters are ready for the task at hand, and they are armed and highly skilled. The hunters arm themselves with homemade guns, poisoned spears, and amulets. They also have other materials wrapped in leather pouches, and they even use cowrie shells, animal teeth and leather bracelets to protect them from bullets. The hunters believe they have supernatural skills that will aid them in finding the abducted girls, and they were each specially selected by their peers due to their supernatural skill.
Before beginning their mission, the hunters showed off their skills to an Associated Press reporter. Using cow horn trumpets for war cries, the reporter witnessed the men twirling knives and swords skillfully while cutting themselves without harm. The hunters believe that their magic charms prevent blood from being drawn from them.
In total, there is about 500 Nigerian hunters joining the search for the girls. The age of the hunters ranges from 18 to 80 years old. The hunters have been waiting for two weeks in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital so they can aid the military in their search.
Citizens of Nigeria feel their government and military haven’t been doing enough to find the abducted girls. The Nigerian hunters believe they can influence the success of the search.
Sarkin Baka, a spokesman for the Nigerian hunters, states, “We’re not saying we are better than the soldiers, but we know the bush better than the soldiers.”
Nigeria’s military continues to say they are diligently looking for the abducted girls. Mike Omeri is a government spokesperson, and he says, “Our troops are out there combing forests and all other possible locations searching for our fellow citizens. International support is also there assisting the process.”
U.S aircraft and drones with cameras are also helping in the search for the girls, in addition to other military teams from America, Britain, France, Spain and Israel.
Babo Kano, an elderly hunter, said:
“We are seasoned hunters, the bush is our culture and we have the power to 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 the 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.”
Hopefully, the Nigerian government will make use of the skills of the Nigerian hunters because they need all the help they can get to find the abducted girls.
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