Ahead of negotiation by the Nigerian government for the release of 83 Chibok girls abducted by members of the Boko Haram sect, a community leader involved in the negotiation process has revealed that “over 100” of the girls are unwilling to return.
Pogu Bitrus, chairman of the Chibok Development Association, in a report by Daily Mail, disclosed that the girls are, perhaps, ashamed to return home because of the odd perception the society may have about them.
Some of the girls are said to be suffering from ‘Stockholm syndrome’, a condition where kidnapped victims develop feelings of trust or affection towards their captors.
Bitrus urged that the 21 school girls already released should be educated abroad to avoid unforeseen stigmatisation.
“We would prefer that they are taken away from the community and this country because the stigmatisation is going to affect them for the rest of their lives,” Bitrus said.
“Even someone believed to have been abused by Boko Haram would be seen in a bad light,” he added.