Women journalists under the aegis of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) has commended the federal government on the release of 82 Chibok school girls.
In a statement signed by the national president and national secretary, Ifeyinwa omowole and Ladi Bala respectively, the union urged the government to urgently provide medical and psycho-social support for the girls who were subjected to untold trauma by their captors.
The statement reads; “The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) commends the Federal Government, local and international organisations as well as security agencies for the release of 82 Chibok school girls.
“The release of the school girls,who have been in the custody of their captors for over one thousand and ten days, came as a relief to all Nigerians and a demonstration of government’s commitment to upholding the dignity and fundamental human rights of the girls.
“NAWOJ, therefore calls on the Federal Government to urgently provide medical and psycho-social support for the girls who were subjected to untold trauma by their captors.
“The Federal Government is encouraged to ensure the release of the remaining girls and other captives.
The union however appealed against stigmatisation, “NAWOJ appeals to their families and their communities not to stigmatise them, but help them through the process of reintegration into the society.”