Celebrations greeted the safe return on 82 Chibok girls from the clutches of Boko Haram, but it has been revealed that the Federal Government negotiated for the release of 83 girls.
According to the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, one of the girls had refused to return.
“One said, ‘No, I have a husband. I’m happy where I am’; and then, 82 came back,” Shehu said in an interview on Channels Television.
Shehu added: “Names of the released girls have been published already but we do not want a repeat of duplications that we had when the first set of 21 girls were released.
“Because of similarities in names, we had two or three sets of parents coming on the assumptions that the girls mentioned were theirs. We don’t want to create that confusion,” he stated.
He added that the Federal Government would not stop any parent from immediately establishing contact with their daughters.
Rather than stopping them from meeting their daughters, the presidential spokesman said government would facilitate a quick reunion.
“Photographs of all the girls were taken. These pictures were printed and dispatched to Chibok.
“These young ladies did not all come from Chibok township itself but some from various settlements scattered around the town.”
He explained that once the parents get the pictures and verify the identities of their daughters, they are free to come to Abuja to meet with their daughters.
Shehu described the long distance between Abuja and Chibok as another challenge, saying the journey by road takes two days.