Namibia calls for release of Boko Haram captives
09 May 2017 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 09 MAY (NAMPA) The Namibian Government has called for the release of the remaining girls held captive by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria.
According to a Reuters report, 82 out of 276 Chibok girls who were kidnapped by the Boko Haram militants in Chibok, Nigeria in April 2014, were released at the weekend in exchange for prisoners held by the Nigerian government.
Twenty girls were returned in October following negotiations, some escaped or were rescued.
In a media statement issued on Tuesday, Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation Permanent Secretary, Selma Ashipala-Musavyi said Namibia remains deeply concerned over the girls that continue to be held by Boko Haram.
The Namibian Government therefore calls on the international community to intensify efforts in ensuring that the remaining girls are released, so they can re-join their families and loved ones and be reintegrated into their societies, she said.
The Namibian government commended the Nigerian government for facilitating the safe return of the 82 Chibok girls with the assistance of the Switzerland government and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Ashipala-Musavyi noted that the people of northern Nigeria have suffered unimaginable distress caused by militants.
The Chibok girls underwent trauma of insurgencies as they have been held under difficult conditions, she said.