Traditional hunters numbering up to 500 have offered to go in search of the over 200 school girls still in Boko Haram captivity.
The ages of the hunter range from as young as 18 to as old as 80, and they say were selected by their peers to carry out this duty.
The hunters didn’t consider themselves better than the Nigerian army, but according to their spokesperson, they “know the bush better.”
The hunters have been gathered for 2 weeks and are waiting for the government’s permission to go look for the girls.
“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,” said one elderly hunter, Baban Kano.
“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.”