Minister Assures, Remaining Abducted Chibok School Girls Will Soon Return

The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Jummai Alhassan, has assured parents of the remaining abducted Chibok school girls, that their wards would soon return home.
She said the Federal Government was making efforts to free the remaining girls from the enclave of Boko Haram terrorist group that have held them in captivity since 2014.
She also appealed to the Boko Haram sect to embrace dialogue not only on the issue of the release of the abducted girls and other Nigerians in their custody but also to stop the insurgency in the North- East.
She said, “Negotiation with the Boko Haram leaders is still going on. You know the first 21 were released in October last year, and about six or seven months later, 82 others came. We are hopeful that by the grace of God, the rest will be released also.
“You heard me pleading with the people that are keeping the girls that they should please see reason and negotiate with the government and embrace dialogue not only because of the release of the Chibok girls but also the release of others that are in their captivity and even to stop the insurgency.
“They should dialogue and see reason and that whatever it is, they should come to the table. Government is ready to engage them in a dialogue. “
The Minister dismissed insinuations that the government was preventing the parents of the girls from visiting them, stressing that the girls were not compelled to be kept in government custody.
The Minister also said that none of the girls was either HIV-positive or pregnant.

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