Four of the almost 300 Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram in 2014 were among the 200 who matriculated on Monday at the American University (AUN), Dawn Dekle, President of the institution has confirmed.
Dekle said the Chibok girls were admitted into programmes of their choice at the university in Yola, Adamawa State.
She spoke of renewed excitement in the institution to continue offering unique education to students in Nigeria and across Africa following the return of peace and normalcy to the North East, where the institution is located.
“We are in a growth phase and it is a very exciting time for us. There’s a renewed excitement about the American University of Nigeria,” she said.
“What we offer the students is so unique in Nigeria and the whole of Africa, so students want to come here. It is not 2014 anymore. It is 2018; a whole generation of students has graduated. It is a whole new period for the institution.”
She explained that the institution faced very difficult times during the insurgency but added that those times had become history following the restoration of peace and stability to the region.
“A few years ago during the height of the insurgency, it was probably difficult for parents to make that decision to allow their kids come to this part of the region because it was a more dangerous place to be than any other place across Nigeria,” she said.
"Ten per cent of the total new students population matriculated into the institution comprised international students. Four of the new students are from the University’s New Foundation School Programme (Chibok Girls Special Education Programme).
"Three of the Chibok Schoolgirls are admitted to study Natural and Environmental Science (with concentration in Biomedical Sciences) to prepare them for Medical School), while one is admitted to study Law.”
According to Dekle, the four Chibok Girls performed brilliantly in their WASCE/NECO and JAMB examinations.