On Friday, names and photographs of the 197 girls still in the hands of the Boko Haram terrorist sect appeared in ThisDay newspaper – 67 days after almost 300 female students were abducted from their dormitories of the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok town, Borno State.
According to the report submitted by the fact-finding Committee to President Goodluck Jonathan, which was set up to look into the matter that sparked national and international outrage, 276 girls were abducted on April 14, with 219 still missing. 57 girls managed to escape from their captors ans were reunited with their families.
The Nigerian government has accepted, received assistance from and worked together with other countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as France, China, and Israel.
This week, United Nations Special Envoy for education Gordon Brown, who has met the leader of the community council in Chibok, said the community leader and the girls’ families have given permission for the names and photographs to be made public. Also, a list of which exams the girls took shortly before their abduction was published in the newspaper, with most girls majoring in “government” (politics) and physics.
Some of the screenshots of the newspaper pages were made and shared on Twitter by a prominent Nigerian political commentator and journalist Tolu Ogunlesi.
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