Some arms-carrying girls appeared in a video released by Boko Haram few days ago, claiming they have joined the struggle for the establishment of an Islamic State in northeast Nigeria and an end to Western education.

They have been radicalised, the dissident group claimed.

But the government is saying it is not giving up on its efforts to release the remaining Chibok girls.

Nine days after 82 of the Chibok girls abducted on April 14, 2014 were released, the Nigerian government assured Nigerians that everything was being done to ensure that other Chibok School girls regained their freedom.

Freed From Ideological Grip

The Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Sola Enikanolaiye, gave the assurance on Monday in his address to the UN Security Council’s open debate on “Women and peace and security: Sexual violence in conflict” in New York.

Enikanolaiye explained that after their freedom, the Federal Government would also ensure that the girls were freed from the ideological grips of the terrorist group.

“We seize this opportunity to assure you that following the recent release of 82 of the abducted Chibok school girls, the government has intensified its efforts at securing the release of the abducted girls and the remaining ones, including freeing them from the ideological grips of Boko Haram terrorists.

“Having regained their freedom, it is equally important that they regain their self-esteem and be assisted to return to their families and back to their schools.

“Furthermore, emergency teams of psycho-social counsellors and health professionals have been dispatched to the northeast to assist with the profiling of victims for appropriate therapies,” he said.

Although he did not make comments in relation to the released video of the radicalised girls, he certainly acknowledged that the government was aware that the girls’ may have acquired new ideologies.

According to him, Nigeria has carefully and favourably considered joining the existing 108 countries to sign up to the Paris Principle and Commitment on the protection of children in armed conflicts.

“It is our conviction that this step will help to strengthen Nigeria’s commitment to global frameworks in further preventing the recruitment and use of girl-children as child or female bombers by Boko Haram.’’

He expressed Nigeria’s commitment to ensuring that women and girls enjoy full rights and that those who have perpetrated sexual violence are dealt with in accordance with the national laws and international obligations.

“In addition, the Government of Nigeria has put in motion legal remedies for victims of Boko Haram terrorism in the form of rape and other sexual violence against children, abduction of children and other grave violations.

“Other remedies of legal and social nature taken so far by the Federal Government include diligent prosecution of 203 detained Boko Haram terrorists in competent courts of law.

“As well as the reintegration, reorientation and rehabilitation programmes designed to meet the peculiarities of each victim of sexual violence,” he further explained.