Aisha Buhari urges Chibok girls to forge ahead

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 14, 2017

On the previously released 21 Chibok girls, she said the girls were reunited with their families within one week of their return in October 2016. The list was released late Sunday night after Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari met with the young women before leaving for London for medical checkups as fears for his health continue.

Boko Haram militants who used kidnappings, bombings and the torching of whole villages during an 8-year insurgency in northern Nigeria, this week released 82 of almost 300 schoolgirls taken in a brazen late-night raid at a government secondary school in April 2014.

Aisha Jummai Alhassan, the minister of women affairs, told reporters on Thursday that photographs of the girls had been sent to families in Chibok for identification.

The militant group has also kidnapped thousands of other people during their insurgency in the region.

"It gladdens my heart that after years of hoping, crying and praying, 82 of our Chibok daughters are out of captivity".

Abana Ishaya said Wednesday he was thrilled to find out his daughter was among those released in exchange for five Boko Haram commanders.

Zannah Mustapha, a Nigerian barrister who led the negotiations, told Newsweek that negotiations were ongoing and that the government was seeking to establish a complete "cessation of hostilities" with Boko Haram, which has been beaten back by Nigerian and regional military offensives in recent years.

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He also described the release of the girls as "gallant and outstanding achievement by the Federal Government that should be commended by Nigerians". Some must undergo surgery, she added.

Mediator and lawyer Zannah Mustapha said some of the abducted girls refused to be freed with the 82 girls last weekend, fuelling fears that they have been radicalized by the jihadists, and may feel afraid, ashamed or even too powerful to return to their old lives. A small number of the schoolgirls managed to escape on their own.

The first was the release of 21 girls last October, which he said was created to "build confidence on both sides".

A group of United Nations human rights experts on Tuesday called on Nigeria's government to ensure the girls' rehabilitation and reintegration, saying release was only a first step in their recovery.

"We have been praying for the release of these girls and any other person adducted".

The parents of the freed Chibok schoolgirls "are free to visit them at any time". But as Iro Aghedo, a political scientist at Benin University, suggests, "on paper no one makes deals with terrorists, but in the background everyone is always open to it".Dr. Aghedo believes that the successful release shows that "Boko Haram insurgents are not "ghosts" - they can be reached and discussed with".

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