Chris Steven, Abuja
The BringBackOurGirls, BBOG has commended the Federal Government over the release of 82 Chibok Secondary School girls late Saturday evening by the Boko Haram terrorists.
A statement issued Sunday morning by the Spokesperson of the group, Sesugh Akume said the BBOG was ” exceedingly delighted by this good news that has been long awaited following last October when upon the release of our 21 ChibokGirls, our Federal Government promised that; “another 83 was being negotiated to be released very soon”.
The statement came after the Federal Government confirmed the release of the girls through the combined effort of security agencies, the military, the government of Switzerland, the Red Cross, local and international NGOs.
The BBOG however said it was looking forward to the official release of the names of the 82 girls to enable it verify them against the Chibok girls list generated enable generated by the Presidential Fact-Finding Committee on the Abduction of the Chibok Schoolgirls (General Ibrahim Sabo Committee) report of 20 June 2014.
“We are exceedingly delighted by this good news that has been long awaited following last October when upon the release of our 21 #ChibokGirls, our Federal Government promised that; “another 83 was being negotiated to be released very soon”.
We commend Mr President, the Federal Government and all the other partners for this heartwarming development.
We are also glad in view of the remaining 133 of our #ChibokGirls that are still captives of terrorists, the statement from the Presidency reiterated the President’s and his government’s commitment to continue to earnestly pursue the release of all our Chibok girls.
We once again offer our absolute support to the initiative of the government necessary to bring collate to this tragedy.
We are eagerly looking forward to the official release of the names of the 82 girls in order to enable us as usual verify them against the #ChibokGirls list generated by the Presidential Fact-Finding Committee on the Abduction of the Chibok Schoolgirls (General Ibrahim Sabo Committee) report of 20 June 2014. Once we are able to do so, we shall communicate our findings to the public.
We once again thank everyone all over the world who has persisted with the parents of OUR #ChibokGirls and our movement in demanding for their rescue.”
A total of 133 are still in the captivity of Boko Haram terrorists.
Meanwhile, the Amnesty International has described the release of the girls as a big relief.
A statement by the Nigeria Director of AI, Osai Ojigho, titled :”Privacy of 82 Chibok girls released should be a priority said ” it is vital now that they receive adequate physical and psychosocial counselling and support so that they can fully reintegrate in their communities.”
It added that the government should also respect their privacy and ensure that the released girls are reunited with their families and not kept in lengthy detention and security screening which can only add to their suffering and plight.
“Boko Haram members have executed and tortured thousands of civilians and raped and forced into marriage girls and women. They have been indoctrinated and even forced to fight for Boko Haram.
The Nigerian authorities must now do more to ensure the safe return of the thousands of women and girls, as well as men and boys abducted by Boko Haram.” Ojigho said
Chibok Girls Fact Check
It will be 1120 days Monday, May 8, 2017 since 276 Chibok girls were kidnapped.
4 infants with our girls.
19 parents dead.
133 still missing 195!