Father of abducted Nigerian girl speaks

Reverend Makasha says he’s not satisfied with the way his government has handled the matter.

FILE: A screengrab of a man claiming to be the leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The father of one of the schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria says he would like to see his government being more proactive in its search for them.

Reverend Makasha's 20-year-old daughter was kidnapped at her school in Abuja along with more than 200 other girls by Islamist terror group Boko Haram last month.

Makasha says he's not satisfied with the way his government has handled the matter and that he and other parents have had to initiate their own search efforts.

"We went to the bush, there was about one thousand of us. We went there and met some people. The forest was so thick and we were advised us not to go there because it was risky."

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan earlier said his government would ensure the safe return of over 200 schoolgirls who were abducted three weeks ago in Borno state.

The girls were kidnapped in the dead of night last month at a school in Abuja and it's believed more than 50 have escaped.

But there are fears the rest have been sold as brides in neighbouring villages. Despite searches by the army and the air force, the girls had not been found.

Jonathan said his government had sought help from other countries, including the United States, and dismissed rumours that his government was in negotiations with the terrorist group to release the girls.