Nigeria’s government is negotiating the release of another 83 of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls, but more than 100 others appear unwilling to leave their Boko Haram captors, a community leader.
The chairman of the Chibok development association, Pogu Bitrus said pm Tuesday that some of the girls are embarrassed to return home because they were forced to marry extremists.
He said the unwilling girls may have been radicalised by Boko Haram or are ashamed to return home because they were forced to marry the fighters and have babies
Bitrus, who was involved in the negotiations for the release of the girls said they were comfortable with their current location.
According to him, the abducted girls told their parents that they were separated into two groups when they were kidnapped and were forced into embracing Islam, or becoming their slaves. He said the girls were used as domestic workers and porters but were not sexually abused.
However, the chairman suggested that the 21 girls who were released last week may have to study outside the country because of the stigma the abduction might have caused in their lives.
“We would prefer they are taken away from the community and this country because the stigmatisation is going to affect them for the rest of their lives. “Even someone believed to have been abused by Boko Haram would be seen in a bad light” he said.
Bitrus who said according to the girls, six girls died during their 30-month captivity added that even girls who escaped two years ago were being educated in the United States.
The girls and their parents were reunited on Sunday and are expected to meet with Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari this week, Bitrus said. Buhari flew to Germany on an official visit the day of the girls’ release.
Buhari said on Monday that his government is prepared to talk with Boko Haram as long as the armed group agrees to involve organisations like the International Committee of the Red Cross, which was an intermediary in last week’s release.
Meanwhile, a Chibok girl, Amina Ali Nkeki, who escaped in May this year has been reunited with the 21 freed girls, who were still being treated by doctors, psychologists and trauma counselors at a hospital in Abuja.