Girls Have Reportedly Been Released By Boko Haram

Girls Have Reportedly Been Released By Boko Haram

The girls arrived in the capital of Abuja and are expected to be received by the president.

"The federal government would like to commend the security agencies, the Red Cross, local authorities, local and foreign NGOs and all those who contributed in one way or another to secure the release of our Chibok girls".

Recall that Boko Haram members in 2014 abducted more than 200 secondary school girls of Government Girls' Secondary School, Chibok, Borno.

Bashir Ahmad, an assistant to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, tweeted yesterday (April 6), "Alhamdulillah!"

He said the current administration was averse to propaganda, adding that it was diligently working hard to put the country on the path of growth and development.

The Ahmed Makarfi faction of the PDP had criticised the release of Boko Haram suspects in exchange for the 82 Chibok girls.

"It's not just to bring them back home, we must ensure that they get the education they are supposed to have", she said.

"On behalf of all Nigerians, I will like to share my joy with you", he told the girls, who were seen clapping, according to an official picture of the meeting.

Numerous kidnapped girls, most of whom were Christians, were forced to marry the Islamic extremists and became pregnant.

Boko Haram remains active in that area.

It was unclear if numerous parents in the remote northeastern town of Chibok had seen the list of names or if any would travel the almost 900 kilometers (560 miles) to the capital of Abuja to see their daughters who were abducted by the Boko Haram militant group.

Some of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted three years ago by Islamist Boko Haram militants refused to be part of a group of 82 girls freed at the weekend, a mediator involved in the release said on Monday.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the latest release and urged the worldwide community to support Nigeria's government to work toward getting all Boko Haram victims home.

Chibok school girls recently freed from Boko Haram captivity are seen in Abuja, Nigeria, Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Human rights advocates believe others could have been used to carry out suicide bombings.

Last October, 21 of the girls were freed, also a result of negotiations.

A military source said the girls were now in Banki near the Cameroon border for medical checks before being airlifted to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.

Before Saturday's release, 195 of the girls had been captive. "Our hopes and expectations are high as we look forward to this news being true and confirmed", the campaign said.

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