- Aisha Buhari has revealed how she handled the disappearance of the Chibok girls
- The first lady who met up with the freed 82 girls said it was a difficult time for her and their parents
- She also advised them to forget the past and acquire skills to be self-reliant
On Wednesday, May 10, Aisha Buhari, Nigeria's first lady pledged her support to help the recently rescued Chibok girls get resettled.
Mrs Buhari also advised the girls to let go of the past and acquire skills to be self-reliant for the future.
She met with the girls in Abuja, accompanied by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, and the Minister of Women’s Affairs, Jummai Alhassan.
Others present were the wife of the Vice-President, Dolapo Osinbajo, Senior Special Assistant to the President, Hajo Sani, and some wives of state governors.
In speaking to the girls the first lady said their education is of great importance.
“When you were away, we cried and prayed with your parents for your safe return.
“It gladdens my heart that after years of hoping, crying and praying, 82 of our Chibok daughters are out of captivity. I am still hopeful that the rest of the abducted girls will also return safe and sound,” she said.
She then presented gifts to them and prayed for the safe return of the other girls. The wife of the president also thanked relevant agencies involved in the release of the girls.
According to NAN, Dolapo Osinbajo, the wife of the Vice-President, expressed her happiness for the safe return of the girls while Mrs Alhassan, the Women’s Affairs minister, said that the girls would be reintegrated back to the society after they had undergone psycho-therapy.
She also said that the government made provision for skill acquisition for the girls to enable them earn a decent living and thanked President Buhari for his serious commitment towards the recovery of the girls.
Assuring the girls, Lai Mohammed said: “What is paramount to us is the release of the remaining girls. We will take care of you physically and psychologically."
The minister also assured the girls that in a matter of days, they would be reunited with their families.
Responding on behalf of her colleagues, Rhoda Chibok, thanked the federal government for ensuring their safe return and appealed for the rescue of all Nigerians held in captivity by the insurgents.
NAIJ.com gathered the information wbout how on 14th April, 2014, 276 girls were abducted from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state, by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
Fifty-seven (57) of them escaped from captivity shortly after the kidnap, while being transported by the terrorists, leaving 219 girls missing.
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