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Chibok girls: Don wants support from Foreign agencies

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Chibok Girls: Don wants support from Foreign agencies

By Mustapha Sumaila

A don, Dr Mustapha Hussaini, has called for assistance from the international community to complement Federal Government’s efforts towards rehabilitating the released 82 abducted Chibok girls.

Hussaini, a Criminologist and Head of the Department of Sociology, Federal University Dutse made the call in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday.

He said that more than three years in abduction  would have affected the abducted girls psychologically.

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, disclosed in a statement on Saturday that the 82 abducted Chibok girls were released after negotiations and the release of some suspected Boko Haram members in government custody.

The Nigerian security operatives received the girls at the Banki village in Bama Local Government of Borno on Saturday.

The lecturer said developed countries and philanthropists should support Nigerian government in rehabilitating the abductees and remedy the damage done to them.

Hussaini, said that having stayed long in captivity, the girls’ perception about normal life must have changed.

“They must have been used to life in the jungle for three years.

“The girls are now in a state of confusion; coming to be exposed to normal life after they were used to another life with insurgents for three years.

“Most of these girls were Christians before they were abducted by the terrorists that may have indoctrinated them with their (terrorists) misguided faith.

“Being detached from their parents for three years, their mode of life and thinking must have changed by now,’’ he said.

The lecturer further remarked that the release of this batch of abducted girls was a demonstration that Boko Haram group was still intact and well organised.

Hussaini, therefore, charged security to be more alert and improve on their intelligence gathering to rescue the remaining girls.

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