The recently released Chibok school girls have spoken about their ordeal in the hands of the Boko Haram terrorists and how they lost hope of ever reuniting with their families.
During a thanksgiving service which was held at the Directorate of State Services (DSS) facility in Abuja yesterday, where the girls have been housed since their return, Gloria Dame, who spoke on behalf of the girls after the service, recollected how they went without food for “one month and 10 days’’ in the bush.
Speaking in Hausa, Gloria, who is Number 139 on the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement’s list of abducted girls, said their survival in captivity was an act of God.
I did not know that a day like this will come that we will be dancing and giving thanks to God among people. For one month and 10 days we stayed without food. I narrowly escaped bomb blast in the forest. We are praying to God to touch the heart of Boko Haram to repent and we are calling on Nigerians to pray and fast for the release of our remaining ones in captivity.
While the service was going on, the parents of the freed girls arrived at the venue and were reunited with their loved ones after two and a half years with their abductors.
Tears flowed freely as parents took turns to identify their daughters.
The Chairman of the Parents of the Abducted Chibok School Girls, Yakubu Nkeki debunked reports alleging that 18 of the 21 freed girls are pregnant and denied that the girls were radicalised by Boko Haram.
Some leaders of the BBOG movement who were shut out of the event expressed amazement that “some people” are too desperate to make political gains out of the entire situation.
“Our eyes are on the goal and not the glitz of photo opportunities,” Dr. Emman Shehu, one of the BBOG leaders said.