Aisha Buhari to Chibok girls: Forget the past, acquire skills

05/11/2017 12:45 | NaN

Aisha Buhari to Chibok girls: Forget the past, acquire skills

He also described the release of the girls as "gallant and outstanding achievement by the Federal Government that should be commended by Nigerians".

Shettima's delegation included his wife, nana Shettima, the district head of Chibok, prominent elders, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South), lawmakers and other officials from Chibok community.

With the excitement over the release of 82 new Chibok girls still in the air, a family in Chibok is waiting with bated breath for news about their daughter.

Addressing the mammoth crowd of celebrants on behalf of the army at the Army Headquarters Garrison, Abuja, Lt Col Adamu Usman, promised that the Nigerian military will do all within its powers to ensure that every Nigerian being held in captivity is released and allowed to join their families to continue their normal life in the society. "I'm happy where I am".

Girls who escaped soon afterwards claimed some classmates had died from illness while others did not want to come home because they had been radicalised by the insurgents.

The 82 Chibok schoolgirls released in a swap between terrorist group Boko Haram and the Nigerian government have arrived in the capital city of Abuja, the government said Sunday.

Some of the recently released girls from Chibok wait in Abuja on May 8, 2017.

According to a statement by her Special Assistant on Media, Adebisi Olumide-Ajayi, the President's wife visited the girls at an undisclosed location in Abuja.

Buhari late previous year announced Boko Haram had been "crushed", but the group continues to carry out attacks in northern Nigeria and neighboring countries.

The minister thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his serious commitment towards the recovery of the girls.

She declined to be part of the release deal because she had married a Boko Haram fighter.

Following the weekend release, 113 Chibok schoolgirls remain missing.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it "facilitated the safe return" of the girls as a "neutral intermediary", some six months after 21 other Chibok girls were freed with the held of the ICRC and the Swiss government.

Even though it was the Chibok schoolgirls that captured the world's attention, Boko Haram's cruelty extends far beyond that. They were often forced to "marry" to one of the militants while in captivity and now want to return to their husbands. "Their health and wellbeing is paramount to us and such evaluation takes time, especially with such a huge number of girls".

A military source said the girls were now in Banki near the Cameroon border for medical checks before being airlifted to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.

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.


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