The Federal Government has invited parents of the 82 Chibok schoolgirls, who were released penultimate weekend by Boko Haram, to Abuja where they will be re-united with their daughters, The PUNCH has learnt.
He also dismissed concerns that members of the Boko Haram sect had started regrouping in the Sambisa forest, saying that the Federal Government had the capacity to confront any security challenge arising from any part of the country. He said his niece has told him that "only females can sneak in to see them sometimes but males are not allowed into the compound".
The president had promised to intensify efforts to secure the release of the remaining girls and other abducted persons, as well as bring an end to the 8-year Boko Haram insurgency that has killed over 30,000 people and displaced millions.
The teenager added, "I have spent three years in the hands of Boko Haram".
"I learned she is already being brought to Abuja", he said, giving no further details.
Zannah Mustapha, the lawyer who brokered the two deals, which led to the release of the victims, quoted the girl to have said this, moments before leaving the camp of Boko Haram.
The military says it has recaptured much of the territory claimed by Boko Haram since the conflict began in 2009. However, rescuing them is complicated by a number of factors, including the fact that some have been married or impregnated by fighters and may not want to be freed.
"I will tell her, but not this time around", he said, explaining that he plans to fabricate a reason for why his mother could not make the trip to Abuja. "I didn't ask if the government would sponsor the trip but usually, the government sponsors such trips".
"The government would not stop any parent from immediately establishing contact to their own daughters, certainly it would be facilitated", said spokesperson Garba Shehu. "I will also be in Abuja on Friday".
Providing more insight, it said the girls were undergoing a nine-month reintegration and rehabilitation programmes comprising psychological counselling and care, remedial education, vocational training (skills like catering and tailoring) as well as sports and recreation (football and handball). The three represented parents of more than 200 girls kidnapped in April 2014, who have formed an association to work with the government and others for their release. They are being kept in government custody for ongoing debriefing, and there's no word yet on when they may be let out.
"A few days ago, we were informed that the funding would not come".
The terrorist group recently released a video showing a girl dressed in a veil and holding a gun.