Nigeria Chibok girls: 103 freed girls to go back to school
- Author: Leroy Wright May 12, 2017,
May 12, 2017, 21:11
Numerous students from the group of girls who escaped have been given an education by the New Foundation School, a program of the American University of Nigeria created especially for them - and the girls who were released in October are expected to join them.
The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has met with the 82 freed Chibok Girls and assured them of the Federal Government's commitment to the rescue of those still in Boko Haram captivity.
Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in April 2014, bringing the extremist group's deadly rampage in northern Nigeria to the world's attention.
The militant group has also kidnapped thousands of other people during their insurgency in the region. We are appalled by negative comments from some quarters about the circumstances surrounding the release of the 82.
The government "should open those girls up, you know, to their families to interact with, open them up to any other citizens or members of the global community that are ready to assist them", Manasseh said.
He stated that the abduction and release narratives of government were true while chatting with the media in Abuja on Wednesday.
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On Sunday, The International Committee of the Red Cross tweeted, "Acting as a neutral intermediary, we @ICRC transported 82 #ChibokGirls to the government of #Nigeria" and included a photo of six Red Cross SUVs on a dirt road.
The 24 girls who left captivity a year ago have been staying in a secret location in the capital, Abuja, for assessment, rehabilitation and debriefing by the Nigerian government. A small number of the schoolgirls managed to escape on their own.
"I am very, very excited with this development", said Yana Galang, whose daughter, Rifkatu, was among the girls kidnapped. Human rights groups have criticized the decision to keep them in custody in Abuja.
Ms Alhassan said they travelled to Chibok for Christmas but upon their return to the capital said they were scared to go back to their community. "When we asked them if they wanted to go home for Easter ... they are still scared and they said they don't want to go back".
"We are looking beyond the release of these girls".
"The parents of the #Chibokgirls are free to visit them at any time".
Alhassan said the students' parents will meet their daughters at the presidential villa in Abuja.
The most disheartening and annoying thing is the statement credited to one of the negotiators who said some of the girls refused to come out. Jummai Alhassan, the wife of the Vice-President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, Senior Special Assistant to the President, Dr Hajo Sani, urged the girls to also focus on their education as soon as they were reintegrated into the society.