JUST IN: The remaining abducted Chibok girls are unwilling to leave Boko Haram and return home

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There were jubilant scenes in the capital Abuja this week after 21 of the girls were set free, the first successful breakthrough in negotiations between the Nigerian government and the militants, brokered by Switzerland.

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Nigeria’s government is negotiating the release of another 83 of the Chibok schoolgirls taken in mass abduction two-and-a-half years ago.

 

But more than 100 others appear unwilling to leave their Boko Haram Islamic extremist captors, a community leader said on Tuesday.

But Pogu Bitrus, the chairman of the Chibok Development Association, said more than 100 of the remaining girls appeared unwilling to return home, either because they have been radicalised or they are ashamed of their experience.

 

Mr Bitrus told The Associated Press the 21 Chibok girls freed last week in the first negotiated release between Nigeria’s government and Boko Haram should be educated abroad, because they will probably face stigma in Nigeria. They are expected to meet with Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday or Wednesday, he said.

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