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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Some abducted Chibok girls refused to be freed -Negotiator

Zannah Mustapha, a lawyer and negotiator, who was part of the team that facilitated the release of 82 of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted three years ago by Boko Haram, on Monday, told Thomson Reuters Foundation that some of the girls refused to be freed.
Mustapha,57, said some of the abducted girls refused to go home, fuelling fears that they have been radicalized by the jihadists, and may feel afraid, ashamed or even too powerful to return to their old lives.

“Some girls refused to return … I have never talked to one of the girls about their reasons," said Mr. Mustapha, who acted as an intermediary in the latest negotiations between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram.
"As a mediator, it is not part of my mandate to force them (to return home)," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in the capital Abuja.
The return of the 82 girls on Saturday marked the second group release of the Chibok girls by Boko Haram – with both deals brokered by Switzerland and the International Committee of the Red Cross – after 21 young women were released in October. A few others have escaped or been rescued, and 113 of the girls are believed to be still held in captivity by Boko Haram.
Yet many women and girls abducted by Boko Haram identify with their captors, may not want to give up their new lives with their militant husbands or feel forced to stay due to fear or shame, according to Nigerian psychologist Fatima Akilu.
“They develop Stockholm syndrome, identify with captors and want to remain,” said Ms. Akilu, who has run deradicalisation programs for Boko Haram militants and women abducted by them.
“Some are afraid of what to expect, the unknown. We don’t know how much influence their husbands have in coercing them not to go back,” added Ms. Akilu, head of the Neem Foundation, a non-profit group aimed at countering extremism in Nigeria.
Future talks between Nigeria and Boko Haram militants will extend beyond the release of the remaining Chibok girls in captivity and focus on negotiating peace in the conflict-hit northeast, according to Mr. Mustapha.
His role as a mediator dates back to 2007, when he founded the Future Prowess primary school in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state. When conflict broke out in 2009, the school remained open and even enrolled those children born to Boko Haram fighters.
Boko Haram has killed 15,000 people and displaced more than two million during a seven-year insurgency aimed at carving out an Islamic caliphate in mainly Muslim northeastern Nigeria.
“We are not just talking … we are still actively working towards peace,” Mr. Mustapha said.
“Even though we have got (some of) the girls back, I don’t feel we have made much progress. After the (release of) the 21 girls, how many hundreds have been killed by suicide bombings?”
Although the army has retaken much of the territory initially lost to Boko Haram, large parts of the northeast, particularly in Borno, remain under threat from the militants, who have ramped up bombings and attacks in recent months.
The release of the 82 Chibok girls could be a sign that the militants are weakening further, raising hopes that the remaining captives will be freed one day, said security analyst Ryan Cummings, head of risk management consultancy Signal Risk.
“While Boko Haram may indeed hold out in releasing all of the hostages to maintain some form of leverage, the reality is that the girls have limited value to the sect outside of public relations capital and are likely placing a strain on resources."


Source: Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, Additional Reporting and Writing By Kieran Guilbert, Editing by Belinda Goldsmith and Ros Russell for Reuters

9 comments:

Tesh peters said...

Scam. Lies

Nnenne George said...

See linda ayam tayad of this missing chibok women(these are not girls) story o!! before i unleash my temper.. i have carefully looked at these pictures and i can recognize one of my classmates there. She's not a girl but a married woman with children. These women were hired n paid handsomely. So biko what u should be doing now is to target your "oyokometer"🔍📸🔭and tell us where the president is... what's his health status and when he is resigning. Enough of this chibok girls distraction. Nobody is missing apart from our president..!

Vivian Reginalds said...

HMM
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Vivian Reginalds said...

How'd you expect them to leave without their children???
Because obviously, the terrorists wouldn't let any leave with anythn!

-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Toy baby said...

Lol....don't kill me with laugh here.....biko

Okowright Balaxy said...

Crap! They refused to be freed because you fools are keeping them to distract and deceive gullible Nigerians in a bid to cover up the cumbersome incompetence of the APC led FG

prince samuel said...

Na wao

uniquechic said...

lmao@nnenne...
like seriously ds pix r mothers ova 30yrs of age naa.
am just confused about all ds chibok stories

Anonymous said...

Liars. Return from where? Are they in China? Shior

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