Nigerian leader meets with 82 freed girls

Tabitha Dunn
Мая 9, 2017

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari traveled to London Sunday night for a "follow-up medical consultation with his doctors", according to a statement from Special Adviser to the President Femi Adesina.

Nigerians gathered in front of newsstands Monday looking at the nam. Unfortunately, a lot of them are still missing. Others did not want to come home either because they'd been radicalized by their captors.

Though Boko Haram has abducted thousands of people during its eight-year insurgency that has spilled across Nigeria's borders, the Chibok mass kidnapping horrified the world and brought the extremist group worldwide attention.

"Many of the parents of the girls are anxious about the identities of the girls", said Maina Mohammed, uncle of one of the abducted girls.

The International Committee of the Red Cross says it acted as a neutral intermediary and transported the 82 freed Chibok schoolgirls into the hands of Nigeria's government. A military source said three Boko Haram commanders had been freed in an exchange, but declined to give further details.

He assured Nigerians of his determination to secure freedom for the remaining 113 girls and other Nigerians still under the insurgents captivity.

Also, now that the girls have been freed, the same amount of efforts put into securing their freedom must be put into rehabilitating them and integrating them back into society. Amnesty International has recorded 41 cases of mass abductions in the last three years.

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None of the 21 girls who were released in October have been able to move back home, and almost seven months later they are still being held on a military re-integration programme.

In the coming days and weeks, we look forward to more good news of the release and rescue of more abductees of the Boko Haram terrorist group and its eventual defeat.

His role as a mediator dates back to 2007, when he founded the Future Prowess primary school in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state.

A statement issued by presidential spokesperson Femi Adesina said President Buhari had planned to leave Sunday afternoon, but chose to tarry a bit, due to the arrival of 82 Chibok girls who arrived Abuja earlier in the day.

One girl, Zara, who was kidnapped by Boko Haram, though not from Chibok, told the BBC how she was stigmatised on her return because she was pregnant.

The ACF in statement by its national publicity secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim Biu yesterday said though the period of negotiations for their release had been painstaking and traumatic, the patience and prayers of Nigerians have yielded positive results.

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