The visiting U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Samantha Power, has expressed hope in the future of the 24 abducted Chibok girls who escaped after they were captured by the extremist Boko Haram sect.
Ms. Power, who made the remarks at the American University of Nigeria, Adamawa, expressed optimism that the girls would contribute to Nigeria’s development in future.
The U.S. Envoy particularly commended the management of the American University of Nigeria for welcoming the girls and mentoring them in their studies.
“Let me say that these girls have so much to offer Nigeria.
“Having met with some of them, I cannot even imagine what these girls are going to do and the difference they are going to make.
“They are going to be doctors and engineers and accountants. They are going to help change this country,” she said.
Ms. Power said the situation would have been worse for the girls, if after their escape, they were again being treated with suspicion, distrust or discriminated against in their communities.
She also commended the Adamawa Peace Initiative for bringing together Christians and Muslim leaders in Yola, as a way of promoting peaceful co-existence in their communities.
According to her, such interfaith cooperation will defuse tension in the communities.
Ms. Power said she and her delegation were in Nigeria to see for the U.S. government the progress so far made by Nigeria’s ongoing campaigns at combating Boko Haram.
“We started in Cameroon and we met even with Nigerian refugees in Cameroon, who are pained to come home. They desperately want to return to their communities.
“We met not only with government officials, but with religious leaders and civil society leaders and of course, students,” she added.
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