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UN Canvasses Support For Release Of Remaining Chibok Girls

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By Tunde Oguntola, Abuja

The United Nation has urged the international community to support the
Nigerian government in its efforts to ensure the release of the over

100 Chibok schoolgirls who are still victims of Boko Haram.

It also welcomed the recent release of 82 Chibok girls in
North-Eastern Nigeria and appealed to all citizens in the country to
support the Federal Government’s reintegration programme for the

girls.

In a statement made available to LEADERSHIP the UN’s Deputy
Humanitarian Coordinator, Peter Lundberg, it noted that Borno, Adamawa
and Yobe States, where 8.5 million people are in need of life-saving
humanitarian assistance and protection, are the most directly affected

by conflict and mass forced displacement.

Lundberg said, “The United Nations welcomes the release of the 82
Chibok girls in North-Eastern Nigeria and appeals to all Nigerians,
including the families and communities of the liberated girls, to
fully embrace them and provide all necessary support to ensure their

reintegration into society.

“Over 100 of these school girls are still unaccounted for, and the
United Nations urges the international community to continue
supporting the government of Nigeria in its efforts to ensure the
release, rehabilitation and reintegration of all the children, women

and men who are victims of Boko Haram.”

It would be recalled that on Tuesday that some of the schoolgirls,
abducted by Boko Haram militants from the Government Secondary School,
Chibok, Borno State, in April 2014, refused to be part of a group of

82 girls freed at the weekend.

The UN, in its statement, further noted that despite the encouraging
news of the recent release of the 82 schoolgirls, insecurity had
continue to affect millions of people living in six states in

North-Eastern Nigeria amid a deepening humanitarian crisis.

It said three states in the region were highly affected by the
deepening humanitarian crisis, but pledged to continue supporting the
Federal Government through the provision of the needed relief items.
“The United Nations and partners are committed to supporting the
government of Nigeria to providing much needed relief to these
vulnerable people,” the statement added.


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