In the video, one of the girls, was used by the group as a spokesperson. Speaking in her mother tongue, she said that some of the girls had died due to military airstrikes. She also pleaded that the condition for their release â€“ exchange of Boko Haram members with Chibok girls â€“ be met by the federal government.
After seeing the video, the young girlâ€™s mother, Esther Yakubu, identified her as her child, Maida Dorcas Yakubu.
â€œSeeing my baby standing with a terrorist with â€¦ ammunition around his neck is not easy for a mother,â€ Esther told CNN. â€œBut I also give thanks to God almighty. They say most of the girls are dead but mine is alive,â€ she added.
This was the first time she and her husband, Yakubu Kabu are seeing their little girl over 2 years after their abduction.
Dorcas isÂ one of five children (two boys and three girls) born to the couple, a driver and a local government worker.
â€œWhen I saw that video, I am very sad because this is my baby standing there with someone holding a gun,â€ Yakubu said. â€œAll of us we start crying.Â I give God the glory that sheâ€™s alive. This video gives us hope that our daughter can be rescued,â€ he added.
The family spoke of Dorcasâ€™ ambition of becoming a lecturer, and how much she valued her education.
â€œI promised her that I will try my utmost best to say that she makes first and second degree.Â Unfortunately â€¦ she has not graduated from secondary school. Not only that sheâ€™s nowhere to be found,â€ Esther said.
TheyÂ decried, what she sees as the lack of action by successive governments in securing the release of the abducted schoolgirls.
â€œThe government has not done anything. When they attacked Chibok, the girls that escaped managed to escape themselves, by dropping â€¦ down from the truck â€“ some girls even broke their legs.
(They got) no aid from the government, no counseling. Nothing at all.Amina Ali that escaped (in May 2016), she managed to escape herself. Itâ€™s unfair,â€ Esther lamented.
The family expressed hope that their daughter will return one day.
Photo and Story:Â Stephanie Busari and Byron Jones/CNN