A Gloomy Homecoming – Chibok Girls Return | chibok girls
In addition to the the 21 Chibok girls who were released in October 2016, 82 more girls were released on the 6th of May after negotiations had been ironed out for weeks between the Federal Government and the terrorist group Boko Haram.
For some of us who are unaware, 276 school girls were abducted from a Government school in the town of Chibok in Borno state on the 15th of April 2014, led by the Jihad extremists terrorist group, Boko Haram. After much protests, cries and internationally sought interventions , the terrorist group refused to return the abducted girls, and carried on with terrorist attacks on other cities in Nigeria.
However, due to the bravery of some of the girls who had the courage to escape, and the interception of the Federal Government of Nigeria in this covert insurgency, more girls are being released. The problem, however, is that despite the fact that these girls had been separated from their families for 3years, most have not been allowed to see their families and for the more fortunate, they have had the chance to visit 2, maybe three times , as recounted by the family members of the girls.
Nigerians have taken to social media platforms to vent about the crooked nature of what seems to be a terrorist vs Federal Government war, which many believe are two faces on a coin funded by the same pockets. The real question is this, why deny the girls access to their parents for so long? They say they do not want the girls to be interviewed and subjected to harassment, then why weren’t the girls rescued earlier and why can’t other precautionary safety protocols be put in place? There is no doubt the depth of mental scarification that has been placed in the minds of these girls. If a certain number of girls could be saved then why haven’t all of them been saved? Why is our government keeping information from us on these dealings? These are the questions that have steaming in the oven minds of concerned Nigerians, as the Chibok girls are daughters of Nigeria.
There are so many postulations, some of which goes along the lines of – the girls have no doubt been used as bait, the succulent thigh of the animal that beckons on both parties to feed off from for personal pleasures. Even though some of the girls ran away from the terrorist attacks, some however refused to return to their homes. due to marriage contracts with the captors or an utter brainwashing that has resulted in the proclamation of solidarity with the terrorists and have become child soldiers themselves.
According the to information shared, the rescued girls are currently undergoing screening , and a couple of them will be undergoing surgery, and will be returned to their families on the 19th of May in Abuja, with consecutive reintegration into society to complete their education and lead normal lives reports said.
Mrs Aisha Buhari in her address to the Chibok girls admonished them to forget about the past and move on. The question is how do you tell girls that have suffered 3years of torture, rape and God knows what else to forget and move on. Let’s hope the federal government has more sustainable plans and incentives for the girls and also to free the remaining girls still being held under Boko Haram captivity.
Though we still have many questions unanswered, we are glad that our girls are being returned home, with hopes that home will not serve as another prison for the girls to be feasted on by greedy politicians that see their plight as an avenue to make cheap political profit.