Chibok Girls Released, What To Do Next ?

Several Chibok school girls who were abducted by the insurgent group, Boko Haram, have been released. Nearly 300 girls were abducted from their dormitories as they prepared to take their final exams in 2014.

Twenty-one of them were earlier released last October after negotiations between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government. Two other girls were found separately, in addition to those who escaped at the night of their abduction, of which over 50 of those had regained freedom before the month of May. Another 82 according to Sahara reporters were released last month, making a total of 130 girls that now have been freed from the deadly terrorist den.

There is nothing practically in place to rehabilitate and reintegrate these girls back to the society. “On Behalf of all Nigerians we want to sincerely appreciate and commend the effort of the government and the team who have been working assiduously to ensure the safe and successful release of the Chibok girls earlier kidnapped from their school premises in Chibok town in April 2014.” Mrs Boade Akinola, the Director, Media and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Health, said this in a statement.

The Federal Government has donated drugs and other ‘essential’ commodities to an undisclosed medical facility for the rehabilitation of the 82 rescued Chibok school girls. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, presented the items to the clinic on Monday in Abuja.  According to her, Adewole made the donation during a visit to the rescued girls at the health facility where they are currently receiving care.

Nigerian and the world at large have been clamouring for the release of these girls, now some of the girls are here, but people want something much more than a celebration of their return. Nigerians want to see beyond political statements to the rehabilitation of these girls back to the society. These girls need to go back to school. There was nothing done to send the first set of the released girls back to school, knowing fully well that these girls education were cut short by their abductors. It is also necessary to call on government, individuals, and NGOs to come to our aid and help bring these girls back to who they should be, rather than just celebrating their return.

Oshodi Ebenezer
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