Why The 82 Freed Chibokgirls Are Chubby - Femi Adesina

Kathleen Mckinney
May 9, 2017

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday hailed the release of 82 abducted Chibok school girls on Saturday, but expressed concern over the "price" reportedly paid for their freedom.

The President's aide while speaking on Channels Television's breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, monitored by Nigerian Bulletin on Monday noted that the girls had been spruced up before they arrived at the Villa at 7:00 pm.

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari has shocked his country by announcing he is heading to London for medical checks.

Parents of the schoolgirls were waiting for a government list of names of those who had been freed.

"They develop Stockholm syndrome, identify with captors and want to remain", said Akilu, who has run deradicalisation programs for Boko Haram militants and women abducted by them.

Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode, of the Murtala Muhammed Foundation, which helped the first group of students, said she hoped the girls would be able to see their families during the rehabilitation process.

Amnesty International's Nigeria office said the girls should not have to endure a lengthy government detention or a "publicity stunt" but instead should be given privacy to recover.

However, 21 of them were earlier released in October 2016 after negotiation between the Federal Government and the insurgents.

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

Following Sunday's announcement that 82 of the Chibok Girls had been released, human rights groups again called for Nigerian authorities to work on the release of the thousands of unsung kidnap victims still out there.

Boko Haram is thought to still be holding more than 100 of the original 276 girls taken from a school in north-eastern Nigeria in 2014. Before yesterday's release, 195 of the girls had remained captive. The girls were released near the town of Banki in Borno state near Cameroon and will be transported to the capital, Abuja.

Nigeria's president says he will meet Sunday with 82 Chibok schoolgirls freed this weekend after being kidnapped three years ago by Boko Haram.

The president said the schoolgirls were freed in exchange for detained suspected extremists in the largest negotiated release so far of the almost 300 girls whose mass abduction in 2014 highlighted the threat of Nigeria's homegrown extremist fighters who are linked to the Islamic State group.

The 82 released in May were sent to a secret location in Abuja after meeting the president.

Other reports by TheDigitalNewspaper

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