- Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima on Tuesday, May 9 visited the 82 freed schoolgirls
- The governor was accompanied his wife, key political stakeholders in Borno state and elders from Chibok community
- The girls are currently in the medical centre of the Department of State Services (DSS)
Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima on Tuesday, May 9 visited the 82 freed schoolgirls accompanied by his wife, key political stakeholders in Borno state and elders from Chibok community.
Shettima’s delegation included the district head of Chibok, prominent elders, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume representing Borno South Senatorial District, lawmakers from the House of Representatives and Borno state House of Assembly representing Chibok and other government officials from Chibok community.
On arrival, the governor and his entourage were received by the minister of women affairs, Mrs Jummai Alhassan, and the chief medical director of the DSS medical centre, Mrs Ann Okorafor.
Alhassan, revealed that although the 21 girls freed by the insurgents in October last year, have been under the custody of the federal government and undergoing rehabilitation, Governor Kashim Shettima has been making financial contributions to her ministry to co-fund the rehabilitation and skills acquisition programmes.
Her words: “The people of Borno state are lucky to have a compassionate governor who cares deeply and genuinely for his people.
“The 21 girls freed last year are under the federal government but Governor Shettima said these girls are his daughters, they are citizens of Borno and as such he was still going to be making contributions so that whatever we planned as federal government could be improved upon and he has been supporting us.
“He offered support without us asking and I am sure he will still support us in managing our 82 daughters by the time they leave this hospital and come to us.”
Shettima told the girls that he was so full of joy and is already looking forward to receiving their remaining counterparts still being held.
“By the grace of God your sisters will be also be freed. We have a determined president, all we need is to support him and pray for him. I assure you that we shall do whatever we can to make you not only comfortable but to actualise your dreams of becoming whatever you wanted while in school.
“56 of your colleagues who escaped from abduction are in their final year in two international private schools. They are doing very well. We will work with the federal government and your parents to determine what is best for you.
“For now, the focus is on your health. I will urge you to cooperate with the physicians here. Please, do not hide anything from them, they are trained to keep your medical records confidential and the information you give them is what they need to assess your health.
“When your health assessment is completed, we will then discuss your education but please, do not allow your experience make you give up on education,” Shettima said.
The district head of Chibok, the member representing Chibok at the Borno state House of Assembly as well as other stakeholders from the community took time to speak to the girls in local languages to connect with their emotions.
They all praised God for their return and called on them to cooperate with physicians at the DSS medical centre.
On her part, the governor's wife presented boxes of clothes to each of the 82 girls as part of contributions to uplift their spirits.
Meanwhile, leaders of Chibok community have asked that the schoolgirls refusing to come home should be forced out of Boko Haram's enclave.
NAIJ.com gathered that the leaders made their stance known under the aegis of Kibaku Area Development Association.