Saliu ABUJA (Xinhua) -- For Hauwa Takai, the dream of
becoming a lawyer is almost coming true. She hopes to study law,
her childhood dream in a university in Nigeria soon.
Preparing to go back to school,
starting with a pre-degree program specially organized for them
in a university in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Adamawa, the
17-year-old Takai, together with 105 other girls abducted more
than three years ago by terror group Boko Haram in Chibok Town
of Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno, had a long walk to
Considered lucky following their
release several months ago by their abductors, the girls, whose
experience can be metaphorically likened to that of a person who
fell into a lions’ den and returned alive, were offered
university scholarships by the Nigerian government.
Later this month, they will be back to
school after undergoing a full rehabilitation by the government.
“I am so delighted, I’ll be back to
school. I want to become great in life, putting behind me
the bitter experience I’ve had,” Takai told Xinhua in an
Takai and the 105 other girls were
among 276 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram while writing their
high school final exams at the Government Secondary School in
Chibok on the night of April 14, 2014.
Fifty-seven managed to escape soon
afterward, leaving behind 219.
On Oct. 13, 2016, some 21 of the girls
were released by their abductors following a fruitful
negotiation with the Nigerian government.
Last May, 82 other girls were released
following further negotiation.
Altogether, 106 girls were admitted to
a government’s rehabilitation facility in Nigeria’s capital city
of Abuja, as two other girls were rescued and one escaped from
the kidnappers’ den.
While in therapy, the girls were
prepared to return to school.
At the rehabilitation center, the
girls received ICT training and learned some livelihood skills,
including catering and sewing.
Each of the girls was allowed to learn
two vocational skills at the rehabilitation center. They also
learned the English Language, Mathematics, Civic Education,
Agricultural Science, and Biology—five higher middle school
They were divided into about five
classrooms, where 20 teachers were hired to teach them the
various aforementioned subjects.
Between two to four girls occupied a
room in the hostel provided for them. Two in-house doctors and
nurses saw to the girls’ medical needs while in rehab.
At a ceremony held in Abuja by the
government to celebrate the girls’ victory as they set forth for
school, the young girls had the opportunity to wine and dine
again with their respective families whom they had obviously
One of their teachers, Felix Biya,
told Xinhua most of the girls had regained their self-confidence
and were now in “very stable condition.”
The Nigerian government has said it
was still negotiating for the release of the remaining abducted
school girls, including other citizens under the Boko Haram
Calling on the captors to come to the
table to negotiate the release of those in captivity, Aisha
Alhassan, minister of women affairs and social development, said
the government has never relented in the negotiation.
“And I want to assure you that there
is light at the end of the tunnel,” she added.
At the send-forth ceremony organized
for them, the Chibok girls danced and sang songs of victory as
they hope for the safe return of the remaining 113 girls still
in Boko Haram’s captivity.