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NIGERIA: Happy to ‘Be Back’ But Talk of Captivity

The released 21 Chibok girls met President Buhari at his villa in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja on 19 October.

The girls released by Boko Haram the week before, met President Buhari to thank him personally for his part in their release. Addressing a crowd at the presidential villa, one of the girls, Rebecca Mallum, burst into song. She later said: “We are happy to see this wonderful day because we didn’t know we would come back to be members of Nigeria. Let us thank God for his love”.

 Some of the girls said they plan to return to school – Boko Haram translates in the local Hausa language as ‘Western education is a sin’.

On their release one girl revealed more about life in captivity, said a parent who wished to remain anonymous. The parent said that one of the girls had refused to marry a Boko Haram fighter and was told she would be killed. In the end she was given 100 lashes.

The girls have been undergoing intense psychological evaluations at a medical facility in the capital, Abuja.

Negations are underway to secure the release of a further 83 girls. It is reported around 100 girls don’t want to leave their kidnappers because they are now married or have been radicalised.

Source: World Watch Monitor, CNN

Prayer Points

  • Thank the Lord for the release of the 21 girls and the prospect of freedom for many more. Pray for President Buhari and all those involved in the negations.
  • Ask the Lord to bring His healing and restoration to these girls to help them overcome the trauma they have suffered. Pray He may strengthen the faith of these girls and their families.
  • Pray for those who either fear or are unwilling to leave their captors. Ask the Lord to minister to them and their families.
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