ABUJA The 82 girls freed by Boko Haram on Saturday following getting held captive for 3 several years are nevertheless ready to be reunited with their households, whilst all the girls discovered very last yr will be heading back to college in September, Nigerian officials claimed.
20 four girls, who were among around 270 kidnapped by the Islamist militant group from the town of Chibok in northeast Nigeria in April 2014, are to return to college in September, the president’s spokesman claimed on Thursday.
These heading back to college contain the 21 girls freed very last Oct in a offer brokered by the Intercontinental Committee of the Pink Cross and 3 other people who escaped or were rescued.
“Federal government is making ready the girls to go back to college in September this yr due to the fact they have lost so substantially academically,” claimed presidency spokesman Garba Shehu. “It is not all the 103 so far produced, but 24 of them,” he included.
None of the girls produced on Saturday were among these returning to college in September as they were nevertheless going through professional medical and psychological procedure in the funds, Abuja, that need to very last two to 3 months, the government’s Twitter feed stated.
On Saturday, 82 girls were produced in exchange for associates of the jihadist group that has killed fifteen,000 folks since 2009 in an insurgency aimed at producing an Islamic caliphate in the northeast.
Aisha Jummai Alhassan, the minister of females affairs, explained to reporters on Thursday that photographs of the girls experienced been despatched to households in Chibok for identification.
The minister claimed the authorities was very careful about who was granted entry to the 24 girls who remaining captivity very last yr. They are in Abuja using element in a rehabilitation software.
“The parents of the #Chibokgirls are cost-free to stop by them at any time. We will in no way avert them from observing their daughters,” a authorities tweet quoted Alhassan as indicating.
A few several years ago, the abduction of the girls from their secondary college by Boko Haram sparked world wide outrage and a movie star-backed marketing campaign #bringbackourgirls.
For additional than two several years there was no indicator of the girls. But the discovery of a person of them with a toddler very last Could lifted hopes for their security, with a further more two girls discovered in later on months and a group of 21 produced by the Islamist militants in Oct.
Mediator and attorney Zannah Mustapha claimed some of the kidnapped girls refused to be freed with the 82 girls very last weekend, fuelling fears that they have been radicalized by the jihadists, and may come to feel worried, ashamed or even far too potent to return to their outdated lives.
(Reporting by Felix Onuah and Alexis Akwagyiram in Lagos, enhancing by Pritha Sarkar)