Pope Francis reacts to news of released Chibok girls

Pope Francis 1, has reacted to the release of 21 girls Chibok school girls by members of Boko Haram.

The 21 school girls were among over 200 students of Girls Secondary School who were forcefully taken by BH on April 14, 2014.

The girls were reported to be preparing for the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations.

The Pope said called on the Federal Government to “Stabilize and give the girls psychological rehabilitation.”

The Pope also stated that, “The release of the 21 Chibok girls is a sign of victory.

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“It is a very good sign and we are thanking God for it that some of the Chibok girls were released.

“Nigerians have been celebrating all this while, the church joins them in the celebration and we are one with them.

“So, we first of all thank God that a few of them, just 21 were released.

“The Chibok girls need medical assistance; the government is doing that already.

“They have been taken to hospital. I think they will need psychological rehabilitation.

“The government need to bring in experts to stabilize them because they must have gone through a lot of trauma.

“Now, coming back, I don’t think they will be their normal selves any longer.

“So, the Chibok girls need to be psychologically brought back to their real life.

“And we need to pray for them; the church will be very happy to do that.

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“We keep praying for the release of the rest because they are human beings to be respected.

“The life of one person is as important as the lives of the whole nation, which must be respected.”

The Pope, who was represented by the President of Pontifical Mission Societies (Nigeria), Rev. Fr. George Ajana.

He made the statement during this year’s World Mission Sunday at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral, Area 3, Abuja.