It’s Too Late: Chibok Girls May Never Return – Obasanjo

Tony Akowe

Former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has dashed the hope of families of the abducted Chibok girls saying many of the girls may never be reunited with their families.

Obasanjo told The Hausa service of the British Broadcasting Corporation on Sunday that many of the girls may also give birth to children belonging to members of the Boko Haram insurgents.

He also said that insurgents may have separated the girls and not keeping them in the same place, pointing out that even though he had a way of communicating with the insurgents, the government has not given him permission to speak with them.

The former Nigerian President said that succeeding generations would continue to remember the girls who were abducted from the hostel in April by the Boko Haram members who have held the captive since then.

Chief Obasanjo said that only some of the girls who would later get pregnant and find it difficult to cater for the babies while being held captive might be released by the group in future.

“I believe that some of them will never return.  We will still be hearing about them many years from now, some will  give birth to children of the Boko Haram members, but if they cannot take care of them in the forest, they may release them,” he said.

The former President had said in June that he could negotiate the release of the girls if the government gives him the permission to do so.