The #BringBackOurGirls(BBOG) has called on the federal government to begin the rehabilitation, restoration and reintegration of the 21 abducted Chibok girls that were released yesterday.
While briefing press at the Unity Fountain yesterday, chairperson of the strategic team, Aisha Yesufu stated that the rescue of the girls was not enough but that government should strive to make sure that there was an effective and credible identification, rehabilitation (physical and psychosocial), resettlement and reintegration.
“We wish to again recommend the use of the instrument of Verification, Authentication and Rehabilitation System (VARS) which our movement developed and had twice at our meeting with our president offered for federal government’s use. VARS is a process that can help achieve a most effective and credible identification, rehabilitation (physical and psychosocial), resettlement and reintegration of our released girls in a systematic and structured manner.
“Our movement is very supportive of an immediate commencement of the program for the physical, mental, emotional and social recovery process of our released 21 girls and stand ready to support the federal and Borno State governments in every relevant respect,” she said.
The group which has been advocating for the release of the girls for over two years, expressed joy over the news, adding that it has confirmed it’s belief in the government’s capacity to rescue the girls.
“We are extremely delighted and welcome the news of the release of 21 of our 218 #ChibokGirls who have been in Boko Haram captivity for 913 days. Our hope is renewed that our government will fulfil the pledge it made to rescue all our #ChibokGirls as well as every other abducted citizen of our country. Now, we can continue to make our demand for the rescue of the remaining 197 #ChibokGirls with greater expectation of their quick return.