- The federal government said it met with some representatives of the parents of the 82 Chibok girls released by Boko Haram terrorist group
- The government also said it sent pictures of the released girls to the parents
- Minister of information and culture Lai Mohammed said the federal government needs time to contact the parents of the girls
The federal government on Wednesday, May 10, said it met with some representatives of the parents of the 82 Chibok girls released by Boko Haram terrorist group.
The government said the representatives were given the photographs of the rescued girls to be handed over to the parents.
The minister of information and culture Lai Mohammed in an interview with Punch his collegaue in the ministry of women affairs Aisha Alhassan met with the representatives to reduce the burden of travelling to Abuja for the parents.
Mohammed said: “Chibok is not one village; the girls are from several communities. You need time to contact the parents. The Minister of Women Affairs has met with members of the Chibok association and they have been given pictures and names of the girls and in the next few days, we will get feedback."
“We don’t want a situation where somebody’s daughter, who is not there, will come all the way to Abuja only to be disappointed while the parents, whose daughters were actually rescued, would be left behind.
“So, it will take a few days to coordinate these things," Mohammed said.
However, NAIJ.com gathered that the rescued girls are currently undergoing medical and psychological tests.
A health official said: "The girls have been in captivity with terrorists for over three years; so, the standard tests they are being given are HIV and other related STDs, hepatitis, malaria and others."
“They are the same tests that the previously rescued girls had all taken,” the official said.
Recall that 82 girls were released by Boko Haram terrorists after a negotiation deal with the federal government on Sunday, May 7.
The presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu had also said that the government negotiated fro 83 girls but one refused to return.
Shehu said the girl who was unwilling to return said she has found a husband among the Boko Haram terrorists.
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