Chibok Girls: Reps urge FG to hasten negotiations

The House of Representatives has urged the Federal government to hasten negotiations for the release of the remaining abducted Chibok girls.

The decision of the lawmakers followed the adoption of a motion by Asabe Vilita Bashir (APC, Borno), who said tomorrow will mark the third anniversary of the abduction of 219 students from Girls Secondary School Chibok by Boko Haram insurgents.

House Committee on Women Affairs was also mandated to ascertain the condition and level of rehabilitation so far carried out for the 21 girls released in October 2016.

Bashir said it has become imperative for the Federal government to fulfil its promise to build on the successful negotiation with Boko Haram that led to the release of 21 of the girls.

Saying that the release of the remaining 83 students still held by the group must be a priority, she noted that the continued captivity of the girls is exposing them to more harm by the day.

“Thursday 14th of April 2017 will mark three years since the abduction of the school girls, yet, 195 of them are still in captivity and negotiations for their release seems to be taking too long.

“We are concerned about the safety of the abducted girls as three years is too much a period for them to remain in captivity considering they risk being subjected to more untold hardship, slavery, molestation, abuse, rape, pregnancy and forced marriage in the hands of their abductors”, she said.

In her contribution, Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje (PDP, Abia) said a comprehensive rehabilitation program for the released girls and their children must be put in place

“That is the only way the girls and their children many of whom are products of sexual assault would be fully reintegrated back into society,” she noted.

The motion was unanimously adopted after it was put to a voice vote.

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