Catholic Leaders Welcomed Release Of 21 Chibok Girls

Twenty One girls from Chibok, who were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants group, have returned back and three Catholic leaders have welcomed their release and urged the Nigerian government to prioritize release of remaining girls.

Two-hundred-seventy-six girls were kidnapped on April 14, 2014, from a Government Secondary School in Chibok. About 57 girls managed to escape the attack on the same day and two years later one more.

Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie said got mixed feelings as he feels the girls must have been released before now.

Okogie is a retired archbishop of Lagos.

The 21 girls were released on October 13 and is learned to be a part of a deal brokered by International Committee of the Red Cross and the Swiss and Nigerian governments.

Okogie added for parents the release is cheering news as they would be reunited with their daughters, but for him the girls must have been brainwashed and their abductors must have abused them during the period.

Blaming the past administration he added some of the girls were also forcefully married against their wishes.

The leader said the school system in Nigeria is becoming a laughingstock as kidnappings have also taken place in two different schools in Lagos state recently.

Another Catholic leader, Bishop Matthew Ishaya Audu of Lafia, said he is happy the kidnapped girls are still alive and prays the remaining to be released soon.

He urged to arrange counsellors as well as psychologists too for the 21 released girls to get them integrated completely into the society.

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