'We Negotiated For 83 Girls, One Refused To Return'
There is no more doubt that many of the recently freed Chibok girls returned from Boko Haram captivity, not as girls but as women.
This is because of the revelations that have trailed their return, particularly the news that some of them were reluctant to return to their families.
The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has now confirmed the story.
He said on Tuesday, May 9, during an interview on Channels TV that the government actually negotiated for 83 Chibok girls but one of them refused to return.
“(A total of) 83 were negotiated to come back but one said I have found a husband, I am happy where I am. So, 82 came back,” Garba said.
Mr Garba did not also rule out the possibility of some of the girls having been radicalized and releasing them "might pose a threat to the society".
Although, he also expressed confidence that the security agencies would do all that is expected to ensure such threats are well prevented.
The former news editor also dismissed criticisms coming from the opposition regarding government’s negotiation for the girls’ release.
“At first, when the negotiation started people were ridiculing us. But we are happy we are here now," he said.
He accused the previous administration of lacking the sincere intention to rescue the Chibok girls but rather seeing it as a means to steal money.