West & Central Africa

Released Chibok Girls Ask To Be Baptized

chibok-girls-ask-for-baptismRebecca Mallam, one of the recently release Chibok girls, has asked to be baptised along with some of the other girls.

Though she did not give the number that need to be baptised Rebecca said that when they were kidnapped a number of them were about to be baptised. She directed her request to the wife of the visiting Borno State Governor, Hajiya Nana Shettima.

Rebecca is reported to have said that the girls miss their “friends and were not happy that some of them are still being held by Boko Haram.

She called on the government to do all that it takes to free the remaining girls in capitivity.

Of the 21 girls who were released, 19 are Christians with the EYN (Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria) Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, a denomination that has mostly been wiped out by Boko Haram in the Northeast.

The wife of the Borno State Governor, who is a Muslim, expressed the Abduction as destined by God. She said their abduction as an act of God, but should be seen as a bad dream, and pleaded with the girls not to be discouraged in going back to school.

The 21 released girls are under the care of Department of State Service, DSS and access to them has been highly restricted since their release.

Meanwhile sources close to the Nigerian government say, “the Federal Government is in the final stages of negotiations to set free more of the girls.” The source said the government is “exchanging 14 Boko Haram commanders for 84 Chibok girls”.