The secret letter written by one of the abducted Chibok Girls, Naomi has been revealed.
24-year-old Naomi was the oldest of more than 270 students from the Chibok Government Secondary School for Girls abducted by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in April 2014.
Her classmates referred to her as Maman Mu, Our Mother. Her education had been interrupted by health problems as a child.
In a report by the BBC, Naomi showed huge bravery as she refused to bow down to pressure to marry one of their fighters or convert to Islam.
She is now the main protagonist in a new book on the so-called “Chibok girls” which explores the girls’ time in captivity in detail, and shows how the social media campaign that made them famous also made it harder to secure their release.
A letter to her dad, written just before Christmas of the year they were kidnapped was also discovered.
“Dear my lovely dad, I miss you so much in this moment.
“Dad, I want to see you, I’m so worried about you and mum and the rest of the people at home.
“I wasn’t aware that this could happen to me, none of us who Boko Haram kidnapped realised that. By the Grace of God dad, I miss you so much.
“I want you to help me in prayer all the time so that I will defeat the devil each time he comes to torment me. So dad, I will like to stop here.
“I miss you so much. Goodbye have a nice day.
“Your lovely daughter, Naomi Adamu. Wish you a merry Christmas.”
She was eventually freed in 2017 along with 81 other girls, following years of painstaking negotiations between a small team of Nigerian volunteers and a Swiss diplomat.