PoliticsInternational, security




Some Chibok girls refused to leave their Boko Haram captors-Mediator

Zannah Mustapha, a mediator who played a role in the recent negotiations between the Nigeria and the Boko Haram sect…

Zannah Mustapha, a mediator who played a role in the recent negotiations between the Nigeria and the Boko Haram sect has revealed that some of the abducted Chibok girls have refused to leave their Boko Haram captors.

“Some girls refused to return. I have never talked to one of the girls about their reasons. “As a mediator, it is not part of my mandate to force them to return home.” Mustapha reportedly told Nigerian journalists shortly after the rescue negotiations of 82 Chibok school girls.

Mustapha said the next stage of negotiations will be on how to restore lasting peace to the North-East. “We are not just talking; we are still actively working towards peace. Even though we have got some of the girls back, I don’t feel we have made much progress. After the release of the girls, how many hundreds have been killed by suicide bombings?”

“While Boko Haram may indeed hold out in releasing all of the hostages to maintain some form of leverage, the reality is that the girls have limited value to the sect outside of public relations capital and are likely placing a strain on resources,” He added.

Speaking on the issue, many psychologists have said the girls who refuse to leave their captors might have developed Stockholm syndrome. “Stockholm syndrome must have made them to identify with captors and want to remain. Some are afraid of what to expect, the unknown. We don’t know how much influence their husbands have in coercing them not to go back.”

Meanwhile, Nigeria has donated drugs and other essential commodities to an undisclosed medical facility for the rehabilitation of the 82 rescued Chibok school girls.

Follow the live information on our channel