“We cannot say when the girls will be released, if they will release the remaining girls for their members we will gladly do that and we don’t regret our actions.

The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Alhassan, said this at a media briefing in Abuja.

“If we have our way, the girls will be released tomorrow but negotiation are still ongoing for the remaining abducted girls,” she said.

Alhassan explained that the 82 girls released recently were undergoing medical screening, and would afterwards go for psycho-social therapy and refresher courses to facilitate their quick reintegration into the society.

She said pictures of the 82 girls had been sent for their parents to confirm their identification as some have similar names.

“It is not true that we are not allowing the parents to see their children; we allow them access but not every day.

“Most of them prefer to be here because they don’t want to be reminded of their experiences having to go to their community.

“Those saying we are not allowing them access are not the direct parents of the girls; we cannot bring anybody to see them apart from their biological parents, allowing visitors everyday will not allow them to heal fast.”

She said allowing unnecessary visits would jeopardise the release of the remaining girls and other captives.

Alhassan said there was need to help the girls forget the trauma they experienced from the bush.