- The 82 Chibok girls recently released in a swap deal by the Boko Haram met some of their parents in Abuja, Nigeria's capital
- Mr Yakubu Nkeke, one of the parents, whose daughter is among the released, could not hide his joy as he met her for the first time in three years
Mr Yakubu Nkeke, one of the parents of the recently released Chibok girls, could not hide his joy after seeing his daughter for the first time since her capture in 2014.
NAIJ.com reports that the girls, students preparing for an examination in their dormitories in Chibok, Borno state, were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents and since kept in the forests.
According to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Nkeke spoke after he was briefly united with his daughter during a visit to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital where the girls are being cared for.
“When I first saw her, she jumped and grabbed me. I held her, I started dancing around with her,” Nkeke told the BBC adding that the Chibok community spent the entire night singing and dancing after they learnt of the children’s release.
Mr Nkeke noted that the girls had passed through severe hardship and starvation while being held captive.
He also confirmed that some of the girls had married Boko Haram militants.
The report also quoted the minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, as saying one of the rehabilitation centres in the capital, Abuja, where some of the 21 girls previously freed had been staying, would be closed in September.
“Their psychological state is better than when these ones (the 21) came, so I believe between now and September these other ones should be able to stabilise and we will be able to take all of them to school in September.
“As a lay person, not as a medical doctor, I feel that medically too they are not too bad,” the minister reportedly said while mentioning other ways the government hoped to cater for the girls.
Watch the lamentation of one of the mothers of the Chibok girls as captured by NAIJ.com: