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UN experts enjoin families, governments, others to reintegrate, rehabilitate freed Chibok girls

Some of the 21 freed Chibok girls are received at the Nigerian Vice President office in Abuja on October 13, 2016. Jihadist group Boko Haram has freed 21 of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped more than two years ago, raising hopes for the release of the others, officials said Thursday. Local sources said their release was part of a prisoner swap with the Nigerian government, but the authorities denied doing a deal with Boko Haram. PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA / AFP

Some of the 21 freed Chibok girls are received at the Nigerian Vice President office in Abuja on October 13, 2016. Jihadist group Boko Haram has freed 21 of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped more than two years ago, raising hopes for the release of the others, officials said Thursday.<br />Local sources said their release was part of a prisoner swap with the Nigerian government, but the authorities denied doing a deal with Boko Haram. PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA / AFP

IPAC urges FG to sustain dialogue on release of other
A group of United Nations (UN) human rights experts have called on all Nigerians to fully support the reintegration and rehabilitation of the 21 Chibok girls just released from Boko Haram captivity.

In a statement yesterday made available to The Guardian in Jalingo, Taraba State by the Senior Protection Officer of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Allehone Abebe, the experts said the government should, as a matter of urgency, reintegrate and rehabilitate the freed girls back into the society.

The statement collectively signed by the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, the UN Special Rapporteur on slavery, Urmila Bhoola and the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dainius Puras, reads: “While we commend the Nigerian authorities for the successful outcome of these negotiations, all institutions, together with the released girls’ communities and families, must stand strong to support them in their recovery and reintegration and protect them from stigma, ostracisation and rejection.

“The road to full recovery and rehabilitation may prove challenging and it is vital that their families and communities, as well as the Nigerian people, stand in solidarity with the girls in the days, weeks and years to come.”

In another development, the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has commended the Federal Government, security agencies and other stakeholders that played significant role in the rescue of some of the abducted Chibok girls.

It enjoined the government to sustain negotiation towards the release of the remaining girls and others who may be in the captivity of the Boko Haram.

In a statement issued by its Chairman, Mohammad Nalado, the council said the rescue of 21 of the Chibok girls has given a clear indication that President Muhammadu Buhari administration was making tremendous impact in the fight against insurgency.

He urged the government not to relent in its efforts to rescue the remaining girls and other Boko Haram captives, just as he stressed the need for the government to pursue a vigorous rebuilding of the North-East region.

Speaking on the need to ensure that the welfare of the Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) are prioritised, Nalado, who is also the chairman of Accord Party (AP), pleaded with the Buhari-led government to put measures in place to ensure that the funds meant for the welfare of the IDPs are not diverted.

He said the political parties in the country are fully in support of the anti-corruption fight being championed by the President, adding that the government should go to any length to bring corrupt persons to justice, as nobody is above the law.

“IPAC is urging the President not to be discouraged in the fight against corruption. Political parties in Nigeria are fully in support of this fight and we urge him to carry on this fight to the most logical conclusion,” he said.

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