Reckless Analysis May Jeopardise Other Chibok Girls Release, Minister Warns

lai mohammed on release of Chibok girls The Nigerian government has appealed to commentators and analysts to refrain from making statements that can jeopardise the release of other Chibok girls who are still in captivity.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, made the appeal on Sunday in Abuja at a special thanksgiving Church Service and reunion of the 21 recent released girls with their families.

The Chibok girls were released on Thursday after over two years in the custody of Boko Haram terrorists.

“They are many reckless analysts and commentators who are not helping the situation. We still have many of our children in captivity. Therefore, we have to be careful with the kind of comments that we make. We must not make comments that will make the release of these girls difficult or impossible,” he said.

Mr Mohammed, who quoted from the Scriptures – those who are with us are more than those who are with them- said those who doubted the sincerity and commitment of the present administration to the safe release and the reunion of the abducted Chibok girls with their parents were disappointed.

“When the President said that the Boko Haram saga will not be closed until all the girls abducted have been released and reunited with their families safely, those who doubted did not believe us so we thank God this day has come,” he said.

A New Life In Freedom

A statement by a spokesman for the Minister, Segun Adeyemi, said Mr Mohammed appealed to the parents of the girls who have not been freed to continue to exercise patience.

“This is the beginning and we are very optimistic that very soon another batch bigger than this will be released. I want to assure you that these negotiations are ongoing even as we speak,” he stated.

The Chairman of the Parents of the Abducted Chibok School Girls, Yakubu Nkeki, re-echoed the Minister’s plea by appealing to the people to stop spreading rumours, particularly on the Social Media, that would put the lives of the girls at risk.

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One of the girls released embraces her parents in tears

He debunked some reports alleging that 18 of the 21 freed girls were pregnant even as he denied that the girls were radicalised by Boko Haram.

Mr Nkeki thanked President Buhari for summoning the courage and the political will that eventually led to the release of the abducted girls.

In her testimony, the spokesperson of the released girls, Miss Gloria Dame, who recalled their ordeal in captivity, thanked God and all those who made their safe release and reunion with their families possible.

Miss Dame, who spoke in Hausa, prayed that God would ensure the safe release of the other girls still in captivity.

“We never thought we will ever see this moment but God has made it possible for us. I want to appeal to all of us to fast and pray for the safe release of those left behind,” she said.

Dr. Shiktra Kwali, who delivered the sermon at the thanksgiving service, told the girls that as they start a new life in freedom, they should not allow the experience of the past to weigh them down.

He further urged them to remain steadfast in serving the Lord, who has not forsaken them even in captivity.

Several ministers of God, including the President of the Church of Brethren in Nigeria (EYN), Reverend Joel Bilili, offered prayers for the girls.

The high-point of the occasion was the reunion between the parents and their daughters.

Tears flowed freely as parents took turns to identify their daughters, while one woman simply strapped her daughter to her back in happiness.

The ceremony ended with an identification parade, as each of the freed girls identified her parents who in turn made brief comments, with many of them praising President Buhari for ensuring the safe release of the girls

Member of Chibok Community Identifies Missing Girls In Video

Chibok WomanA female member of the Chibok Community has identified some of the girls in the video released by CNN as the girls abducted two years ago.

“I saw the girls and for sure they are Chibok girls” she said, adding that “I recognise some of them because we are from the same area”.

She also noted that the girls “were not like this ” two years ago, as “they have changed”.

A video appearing to show proof of life of some of the kidnapped Chibok girls is being aired, along with images of tearful parents recognizing their daughters, unheard of since the mass abduction by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram two years ago.

CNN showed the video, reported to be made in December of the girls wearing the hijab and of one mother reaching out to a computer screen as she recognizes her daughter.

“we are all well,” one of the girls said in the video.

Two mothers and 16 fathers of the girls have died since the mass abduction, some of them victims of Boko Haram attacks.

Others died from illnesses blamed on stress, according to Yakubu Nkeki, Head of a Support Group and uncle of two abducted girls.

International News Network Obtains Chibok Girls Proof Of Life Video

chibok girlsToday marks two years since Boko Haram terrorists walked into a school in Chibok town, Borno State, in the dead of the night and took away final year students waiting to complete their final exams.

On the night of April 14, 2014, 276 female students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in Chibok town, Borno State, north-east Nigeria .

Responsibility for the kidnappings was claimed by the Boko Haram sect.

A video appearing to show proof of life of some of the kidnapped Chibok girls is being aired, along with images of tearful parents recognizing their daughters, unheard of since the mass abduction by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram two years ago.

CNN showed the video, reported to be made in December of the girls wearing the hijab and of one mother reaching out to a computer screen as she recognizes her daughter.

CNN reported that the “proof of life” video was sent in December to negotiators trying to free the girls.
“we are all well,” one of the girls said in the video.

Two mothers and 16 fathers of the girls have died since the mass abduction, some of them victims of Boko Haram attacks.

Others died from illnesses blamed on stress, according to Yakubu Nkeki, Head of a Support Group and uncle of two abducted girls.

Chibok Girls Rescue: Osinbajo Urges Nigerians To Exercise Patience

Yemi-OsinbajoThe Federal Government on Thursday said it cannot give a time frame for the return of over 200 school girls abducted from a Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State.

At an event to mark the second anniversary since the abduction of the school girls, Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, also refuted claims that the government is making half efforts to rescue the girls.

He urged Nigerians to “exercise some caution and patience and not sound like this can be done but it is not being done.

“I believe that everything that can be done, especially with respect to the rescue of the girls is being done, but there are challenges and we are trying to address those challenges”, he maintained.

A legal practitioner, who is a member of the Bring Back Our Girls Group, Ayo Obe, speaking at the same event noted that she will, first, want to see the abducted girls returned to their parents.

She said: “first for all I will want to see the Chibok girls have been restored to their families and we will have commenced the possibly long process of rehabilitating them in every way that we can”, she maintained.

A video appearing to show proof of life of some of the kidnapped Chibok girls was aired, along with images of tearful parents recognizing their daughters, unheard of since the mass abduction by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram two years ago.

CNN showed the video, reported to be made in December of the girls wearing the hijab and of one mother reaching out to a computer screen as she recognizes her daughter.

CNN reported that the “proof of life” video was sent in December to negotiators trying to free the girls.
“we are all well,” one of the girls said in the video.

Two mothers and 16 fathers of the girls have died since the mass abduction, some of them victims of Boko Haram attacks.

Others died from illnesses blamed on stress, according to Yakubu Nkeki, Head of a Support Group and uncle of two abducted girls.