By Ola Adeola
Deborah Jafaru, one of the 21 freed Chibok girls, was married and carrying a pregnancy at the time she was kidnapped, says her father.
The teenage mother, her father explained, had poor grades when she previously sat for the West African School Certificate Examination, WASCE, and had just enrolled at the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, for a re-seat before her kidnap.
“Unlike the others, Deborah had already finished her secondary school; she did not make her papers and returned to rewrite her WASCE when she was taken.
“She just got married two weeks before returning for her papers and they took her, her husband has remarried now. They abducted her with pregnancy and she had my grandchild there but I’m just grateful to God and the government for returning my daughter and grandchild to me safely. Words cannot describe how I feel at the moment,” says Jafaru, the father.
The parents of the released girls reunited with them at a thanksgiving service held for them in Abuja, and attended by Lai Mohammed, Minister for Information. Mohammed urged Nigerians to refrain from making “reckless” comments or analysis that may jeopardise the release of the other girls.