by Alexander O. Onukwue
As announced by the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Jummai Alhassan, the eight months psychological rehabilitation of the 106 freed Chibok school girls under the Federal Government came to an end on the 14th of September.
The 82 girls who returned to the country on the 7th of May, 2017 joined the previous 24 who had been returned last year in a rehabilitation programme that has been coordinated by the office of the Minister. The latest batch have participated only four months and will now be enrolled for another stage of their rebuilding programme.
According to the Minister, the girls will be enrolled at the American University of Nigeria, Yola, in foundation courses akin to pre-degree programmes.
The welfare of the girls who have had to bear great traumas should be subject to politics, and they are expected to recuperate under an atmosphere that is as politically neutral and serene as possible. The environment of the AUN, which prides itself as one of the top development Universities in Africa, should provide the right facilities for their training.
But will it be free from political calculations?
The institution is owned by former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, whom the Minister of Women Affairs openly referred to as her “godfather” and future President of Nigeria come 2019. The particular reason for choosing his University is not certain, beside the laudable facilities. The former VP who is still an APC member has been heard expressing his frustration at not being very involved in the Buhari administration’s agenda. The fees for the girls have been paid by the Federal Government, with the support of UNICEF, and other organisations.
Is this perhaps the way to make him feel among?