Nigeria identifies 82 freed Chibok girls; parents await word

Violet Powell
May 19, 2017

According to a military source, the captives were released in Banki on Sunday, near Cameroon's border with Maiduguri.

"Boko Haram must be defeated". Mrs. Buhari spoke when she met with the girls in Abuja on Wednesday. President Muhammadu Buhari received them at the State House that evening, just before he left the country for London.

We would want to commend the government for securing the release of 82 additional Chibok girls from captivity. Fifty-seven of the girls escaped in the immediate aftermath of the abduction.

Esther Yakubu told the BBC the last three years had been a "horrible nightmare" but that even the possibility of her daughter having been rescued was giving her hope.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader said the release of the girls showed that President Buhari had kept his eye on the true objective to reunite families and communities under the reign of peace and rule of justice.

"Those saying we are not allowing them access are not the direct parents of the girls; we can not bring anybody to see them apart from their biological parents, allowing visitors everyday will not allow them to heal fast", the minister added.

08 de mayo de 2017, 16:32United Nations, May 8 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations celebrated the liberation of 82 among the more than 200 girls kidnapped by rebel group Boko Haram in Nigeria.

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During his welcome address yesterday, President Buhari said, "This is a pleasant second-anniversary gift to the people of Nigeria".

Tinubu said: "I congratulate President Buhari and Nigerians over the release of more of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls".

The girls were released in great shape with no visible sign of abuse, unlike the other 21 Chibok girls freed past year, October, who came in poor shape, Shehu told Tribune. Of the 219 who did not manage to flee, 106 have either been released or found, leaving 113 still missing.

Dozens of the kidnapped Chibok girls have been returned. "He promised that the presidency will personally supervise their rehabilitation".

"Negotiations are ongoing to exchange the remaining girls with Boko Haram detainees".

The President's wife was also quoted as informing the girls about the efforts that had been put into negotiating their release under the direction of the President and praised all the agencies and individuals involved.

The government freed five top Boko Haram commanders in the deal, said Sen. It is true that releasing captured terrorists is a very painful thing to do but then, negotiations such as these must entail a certain give and take.

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