Mr. Garba Shehu, the Nigerian president media adviser disclosed this yesterday saying that the released 21 chibok girls were adoptees of the federal government, but a lot of local and international plans is awaiting for them in the future.
Mr. Shehu said: “A black American billionaire, Mr. Robert Smith who is currently sponsoring the education of 24 girls from Chibok, among them the first set of escapees from Boko Haram, at the American University of Nigeria, Yola, has offered to pay for the education of the 21 girls released through negotiations and is offering to take responsibility for all the others who will hopefully be eventually set free.”
He said “The Murtala Mohammed Foundation in the country is equally interested,”
According to report, the girls were taken to chibok for Christmas but not allowed to visits their family for Christmas.
The parents of the 21 chibok girls lamented that they were blocked by the DSS (Department of State Service) agent.
Concerning the issued, Mr. Shehu said there is lack of understanding of the intention of the journey, saying that the DSS headquarter has give instruction to the agent to eased the access of the girls parents.
The Media President said “If the situation persists, please let us know so that the higher authorities will make a further intercession,”
Boko Haram group attacks a school at chibok, abducted 276 school girls, but following a negotiation with the Red Cross, they released 21 chibok girls in October.
Since the release of the chibok girls, the federal government adopted the girls and keeps them in their custody, while brought them home for Christmas.
According to the chibok girls family, the girls were kept in one of the senator house, while prevents them from visiting their family.
One of the girl's father said “I can't believe my daughter has come this close to home but can't come home,”
“There's no point bringing them to Chibok only to be locked in another prison. They couldn't even go to church on Christmas Day.”
While another father reports that when trying to take a picture of her daughter, soldier takes away his phone.
The father said: “I snapped a picture of myself and my daughter but the security guys came and grabbed me by shoulder and snatched the phone from my hands and told me to delete all the picture I took.
“I told him I'm taking a picture with my daughter who was away for more than two years. He said to me that's not his business, he deleted all the pictures including other pictures that were not taken there.”
One mother noted this saying: “I can't believe my eyes that now my daughter cannot come home. How can I be happy when they don't have freedom?”
But yesterday, a statement from Kashim Shettima, one of the officers from state government saying that “armed soldiers… escorted the 21 girls to Chibok and remained their strict guards throughout the Christmas”.
One of the chibok girls told the news agency earlier that it was miracle that she was home, while mention that she is looking forward to celebrate Christmas Day in her Church.
She said “I never knew that I would return home, I had given up hope of ever going home.”
Mr. Shettima said the chibok girls were taken to Mohammed Ali Ndume house in Chibok, a Senator Majority Leader who represents Bornu South at National Assembly.
He said “The girls were very excited meeting Shettima again after they had met him in Abuja days after their release from Boko Haram captivity.
“The girls were happy that they presented a gift of a medium sized photo frame with a bold 'Thank you' printed on it.
“The frame has the picture that the governor took with the girls when he visited them in Abuja some months back. It also has individual pictures of each of the 21 girls.
“Glory Dama, one of the 21 girls, presented the photo frame on behalf of her colleagues. She said they deeply appreciated the show of love by Governor Shettima and his wife, Nana.
“The governor's wife has visited them countless times in Abuja and whenever she visits, she demands to know their needs and she met them all, Dama said during the presentation,”
Mr. Shettima make it known that the governor told the chibok girls that their future is the most important thing.
Shettima was quoted when informing the girls. “As you know, 56 of your colleagues who escaped abduction are currently in two international schools where they have been since 2014. We are taking care of all their educational needs, from school fees to other basics.
“Left to me, I would want the 21 of you to join them in those two schools so that you can all feel at home and move on. However, the federal government has a plan, which we will jointly discuss and come up with a decision that is acceptable to you our daughters.
“President Muhammadu Buhari loves you so much and he is deeply concerned about our daughters that are yet to be freed. He is working on that and we are all working,”
However, he declared that Yakubu Nkeki was appointed as councilor of the Mbalala ward in Chibok Local Government Area in Bornu.
Shettima stated: “We appointed Yakubu Nkeki as councillor for him to have a formal platform to continue his advocacy for the welfare of families of the missing Chibok girls, for him to ensure that they are given special consideration at all times by the local government area on all issues, particularly on welfare, on issues of health, empowerment, etc.
“Nkeki will also serve as a constant reminder to the council that there are parents like him who live in pain. He is simply there to advocate for the welfare of the parents and also as someone who has been a victim, he will stand by the efforts of government to protect schools through community surveillance in addition to formal security establishments,”
While the governor told the parent of other missing chibok girls to claim down, promising them that their daughter will be set free and return home.