The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Alhassan, said the federal government is still negotiating for the release of the remaining Chibok girls in Boko Haram captivity.
She urged Nigerians, especially the media, to avoid reopening the girls’ wounds by asking them to recount their experiences in the hands of Boko Haram insurgents.
The minister said this at a news conference in Abuja.
She noted that it took the federal government seven months to secure the release of 82 of them after the release of the first set in May 2016. She said so far, the girls had gradually overcome their trauma and were ready to be reintegrated into the community and further their education.
She said so far, the girls had gradually overcome their trauma and were ready to be reintegrated into the community and further their education.
According to her, the 106 released girls will be returning to their respective communities in Chibok on holidays like all other students to spend at least a week with their parents before they go to school.
She said: “The girls have been provided psycho-social support services to help erase unpleasant memories and override their traumatic experiences.
“So far, they are now stabilised and most of their traumatic stress disorder symptoms have been overcome and previous frequent incidents of flashbacks, insomnia, and nightmares have now been successfully brought under control.
“Through rigorous and extensive time with social workers, councilors and psychologists, the girls are now looking forward to a bright and promising future. The girls are not kept in isolation, they are going to university,” she said.
The minister said all the 106 girls were being confined to a single school in the Northeast because the AUN is the only institution with the foundation programme required for them.
Source – Concise News