Monday, 17 October 2016

Chibok girls recount their devastating encounter with Boko Haram

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Its been over 2years that these innocent secondary school girls were abducted. The pain they have had to endure is unimaginable but we thank God for their safe return. 21 of them released lstweek Thursday by BokoHaram militants to the joys and tears of family and friends.

For the first time their parents got to see them after they sent them to school over 2years ago. They were reunited at a thanksgiving service held at the Department of State Services Health facility along Airport road , Abuja.

The guests and the parents cried the more when the 21 girls claimed that they were not fed for “one month and 10 days’’ while they were in the bush.

Gloria Dame, one of the rescued girls, who spoke while giving testimony on behalf of her colleagues, said they survived through divine intervention.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and Minister of Women Affairs, Hajiya Jummai Alhassan, who attended the service, wiped their faces several times while listening to Gloria.

The girl, who spoke in Hausa language, said, “I did not know that a day like this will come that we will be dancing and giving thanks to God among people.
“For one month and 10 days, we stayed without food. I narrowly escaped a bomb blast in the forest.
“We are praying to God to touch the heart of Boko Haram to repent and we are calling on Nigerians to pray and fast for the release of our remaining ones in captivity.”

The parents of the freed girls arrived at the venue while the service was ongoing.

Punch gathered that their arrival changed the atmosphere in the service with many parents rolling on the floor as soon as they sighted their children, who they have not seen for about two and a half years.
Some parents bust into uncontrollable tears.

One after the other, the parents took turn to address the congregation and thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and all Nigerians for their efforts and prayers towards the rescue of their daughters.

The Chairman of the Chibok Local Government Council, Mr. Yaga Yarakawa, said the release of the girls was “historic’’ and the Chibok community at home and in the Diaspora was happy about the development.

Yarakawa said contrary to the views of some Nigerians, the 21 freed girls were the actual Chibok Secondary School girls kidnapped by Boko Haram.

He said, “Before their abduction, I was involved in supervising their feeding which was organised by the Borno State Secondary Schools Feeding System. So, I know them very well.
“These are the real girls and you can see when their parents came, you see their joy, it manifests naturally.

B’Haram faction ready to negotiate release of 83 more girls –FG
In a related development, the Islamic State-allied faction of Boko Haram is willing to negotiate the release of 83 more of the girls, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu, said on Sunday.

“These 21 released girls are supposed to be tale bearers to tell the Nigerian government that this faction of Boko Haram has 83 more Chibok girls.

“The faction said it is ready to negotiate if the government is willing to sit down with them,” Shehu added.
 The President’s spokesman stated that the Federal Government would negotiate with the faction of Boko Haram.

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