Daily Trust reports that a source revealed that 104 girls are willing to return while the rest have chosen to stay with their captors. “The 21 that returned were among the 104. The rest said they have ‘accepted Islam’ and have already gotten married to some Boko Haram commanders and leaders.
“And during the negotiation, Shekau said he will not compel any of the girls to renounce their new found religion and love.” Like some of the girls who don’t wish to return, it was revealed that some Boko Haram fighters also chose not to return to Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram.
Negotiators reportedly told Shekau that some of his commanders in detention were not ready to return to him which was why he accepted a huge ransom. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Yemi Oainbajo expresses joy at the return of the abducted Chibok girls “It was based on this that he agreed to collect ransom.”
Some of the terrorists expressed fear that Shekau may not trust them again and can kill them if they return. Other claimed they had been radicalised and would not return to terrorism.
“In fact, the reason why some of the Boko Haram commanders in custody could not be released to rejoin their families is because of fear of stereotype by the larger society. “They have been de-radicalized after they were subjected to superior argument by clerics deployed by government while in custody.”
Meanwhile, some female captives who escaped from Boko Haram camps in 2015 cried out for government assistance. An 18-year-old girl, simply known as Ummu, who was kidnapped from Madagali when she was 16 and said she became pregnant in captivity. She confessed that her and the baby since she gave birth to after her dramatic escape have been living in poverty.
Ummu said the release of the Chibok girls renewed her hope of re-uniting with her sisters still with Boko Haram and called on the state and federal government to help all former captives of Boko Haram to reshape their lives.
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