It was joy, sadness, sorrow as the 82 released Chibok girls met their parents and loved ones in Abuja.
It has been long expected, the girls had been longing to set their eyes on their parents, and loved ones, while their parents are eager too.
At last it happened!
It was at the department of State Secirity Services (DSS) facility in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
It was where the girls were kept after their release from captivity, from the hands of the dreaded Boko Haram.
Initially the parents were not allowed to gain entry into the facility, where the girls were kept,
While awaiting approval, there was anxiety amongst the parents and relatives/loved ones.
Reporters were neither allowed into the premises as well, only few photographers were given access to record the proceedings.
All concerned waited for security clearance, to gain access into the premises to see their loved ones, released girls.
It should be recalled that the girls were abducted on 14th April 2014, in their school dormitory, at the Chibok Girls Grammar School, in Borno State.
While waiting, some of the parents bare their minds to “Elombah.com” reporter about their ordeal since the abduction of their children.
Mr. Yama Paga said that only God knows the effort they had put on, to rescue the girls, also the bushes they entered in search of the girls.
Mr. Yama Paga is a retired Assistant Inspector of Police (ASP), the father of Margaret Yama.
“All of us parents went into the bush, in search of the children, but the task was bigger than us, if I say I am going to talk about what this statement means, I don’t know what might happen, I came before now said everything that there is to say”.
“I cannot describe to you how I feel, because some of the girls are yet to be released, when all the girls are back then we would be able to say our mind without fear, but the girls still in captivity are also our daughters” Paga said.
Today I feel is like the day I was born, if I die today I die a happy man ecause I was afraid for their safety, because my greatest wish had been met, says Joshua Dirmi, father of Yama Joshua.
“My gratitude goes to the whole world for their support and my prayer is that the other girls are returned to their parents like ours”.
“We are grateful to President Buhari for all his efforts in returning our daughters home, if you had seen me after my daughter was taken, you would have pittied me”.
“I stopped my other children from going to school because I was afraid for their safety, it was after the escape of Amina Ali that my confidence returned and I allowed them to school.”
“After the abduction, I cried and ran after them, the other fathers and I, got as far as where we were told that the girls are being hiding, but we could not move further because they had guns and army, while we had nothing.
“we are grateful to God for touching their minds and allowing them release our daughters. We plead with them to release the rest”
In a message delivered at the re-union, Jummai Alhassan, Women Affairs Minister said that a group of experts had been put together in order to address the psycho-social support and medical needs of the children.
“The children are being rehabilitated and we believe that in due course they will be properly aligned with their families” she said.
Continuing, “Intensive medical attention is being administered and as soon as they are done, they will be enrolled into a remedial programme”
The women affairs minister was represented at the occasion by Mrs Abidemi Aremo, Director Planning, Research and Statistics in the ministry.
“ For the 21 and three others that were earlier released, I wish to inform us that their psycho-social counseling is still in progress and of course they have started remedial classes”.
“They will be settled in various schools and I am sure they will continue their education from there”
The 21 earlier released and 82 recently released as well as 21 mates that were released in October were thus reunited.
The minister also reiterated the federal government commitment to the rescue of the remaining Chibok school girls in captivity of Boko Haram. She also appreciated the efforts of all those involved in the rescue mission.