The Bring Back Our Girls Group (BBOG) on Sunday applauded the Federal Government and security agencies on the release of the 82 Chibok girls on Saturday, urging it to hasten the process for the release of the remaining Chibok girls.
The commendation came in a statement signed by the Convener of the BBOG group, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili on Sunday in Abuja. She said the group members were delighted by the good news which followed the release of 21 girls in October 2016.
“The Nigerian Presidency has confirmed that 82 of our missing 195 Chibok Girls have been released via a negotiated deal.
” The efforts were through the combined effort of security agencies, the military, the government of Switzerland, the Red Cross, local and international NGOs.”
“We commend Mr. President, the Federal Government and all the other partners for this heartwarming development.
“We are also glad that the statement from the Presidency makes a strong commitment to rescuing the remaining 113 of our Chibok Girls that are still captives of terrorists.”
Also in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria the Convener, Nigeria Young Women Political Forum, Hajia Zainab Mohammed, commended the efforts of the federal government in securing the release of the girls.
“I am excited that the Nigeria security team are doing all they could to ensure our daughters are brought back from captivity. I am happy for the parents who are being reunited with their loved ones,”she said.
Mohammed said the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in collaboration with Ministry of Health should work together to provide the girls and their parents’ adequate psychological counselling.
Adding that the young girls would need Psyco-dynamic counselling sessions before being re-integrated into their various communities.
Senator Makarfi faction of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has also hailed the release of 82 abducted Chibok schoolgirls but expressed concern over the “price” reportedly paid for their freedom.
“What is, however, of great concern is the price paid to secure the release of the girls.
“According to reports, the girls were released in exchange for the suspected Boko Haram terrorists being held by the government.
“By releasing the arrested terrorists, all the efforts made by security agencies to bring them to book have come to nothing and a setback for the war on the insurgency.
“Their release is tantamount to releasing terrorists to resume their war against society.
“Many of them can find their ways back to the terrorists’ camps from where they can unleash terror against the country.
“Others who are allowed to roam freely in society can become veritable recruiting agents and purveyors of suicide bombing and urban terrorism,” he argued.
The Bring Back Our Girls, BBOG movement was started by the former Minister of Education of Nigeria and Vice President of the African division of World Bank, Obiageli Ezekwesili, following the adduction of over 200 school girls from Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State in April 2014.