Chi­bok leader: 100-plus girls un­will­ing to leave Boko Haram

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - WEATHER -

Nige­ria’s gov­ern­ment is ne­go­ti­at­ing the re­lease of an­other 83 of the Chi­bok school­girls taken in a mass ab­duc­tion two-and-a-half years ago, but more than 100 oth­ers ap­pear un­will­ing to leave their Boko Haram Is­lamic ex­trem­ist cap­tors, a com­mu­nity leader said Tues­day.

The un­will­ing girls may have been rad­i­cal­ized by Boko Haram or are ashamed to re­turn home be­cause they were forced to marry ex­trem­ists and have ba­bies, chair­man Pogu Bitrus of the Chi­bok De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion told The As­so­ci­ated Press in a tele­phone in­ter­view.

Bitrus said the 21 Chi­bok girls freed last week in the first ne­go­ti­ated re­lease be­tween Nige­ria’s gov­ern­ment and Boko Haram should be ed­u­cated abroad, be­cause they will prob­a­bly face stigma in Nige­ria.

The girls and their par­ents were re­united Sun­day and are ex­pected to meet with Nige­ria’s Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari on Tues­day or Wed­nes­day, Bitrus said. Buhari flew to Ger­many on an of­fi­cial visit the day of the girls’ re­lease.

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