Senate: Rescued Chibok girls require ‘psychological cleansing’ from trauma

The Senate on Tuesday praised the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari and the armed forces for their role in the release of 21 of the abducted school girls abducted from Chibok in April 2014.

The position of the Senate was sequel to a motion by its Leader, Ali Ndume (APC, Borno) who stoked emotions during debate.

Ndume told his colleagues of how he broke down in tears during a visit to the rescued girls at the medical facility of the Department of State Services (DSS).

He said the situation moved him to caution the Nigeria Air Force to exercise restraint during air bombardment in Sambisa forest in order not to jeopardize the abducted girls who may be hidden in the forest.

He said; “When I went to see the released Chibok girls, I could not hold myself. I broke down in tears. The leader of the girls compelled me to make a promise that the other girls will be returned.

“I was moved to warn the Air Force to be careful when carrying out air raids in Sambisa forest. They should be careful so that they will not kill the remaining girls.”

Senators in their contributions commended the release of the girls and stressed the need to rescue others still in captivity.

Sen. Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti) in said since more girls were still being held more work needed to be done, saying “as women, we are proud of our Armed Forces. We also want to appreciate the Red Cross and the Federal Government who were part of the negotiations. We appreciate all their efforts.”

Senator Binta Garba (APC, Adamawa) on her part, noted that “for the girls to have been found, it meant there is still hope that the other girls will be found. It is a big joy to mothers, fathers and everyone.”

In his remarks, Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu who presided over plenary hailed the efforts of the Armed Forces and others who played various roles in the rescue of the girls.

He said: “On behalf of the Senate, I want to join others in appreciating God. I want to congratulate the Senate Leader. We are very proud to have these girls rescued. We have been asked several times when the girls will be rescued.

“We also want to appreciate the Armed Forces and everyone that contributed to the rescue of these girls. I know that they will bring this madness to an end. We need to do more to bring the other girls back home. We say congratulations to the families of the girls for all the trauma they have gone through. In no distant time, we will hear that other girls have been rescued.”

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