Rescued Chibok girls: Pleasant second anniversary gift to Nigerians

Thursday, 18 May, 2017

President Muhammadu Buhari will receive the girls on Sunday in the capital Abuja, those close to the negotiations told The New York Times.

In October 2016, 21 of the girls were freed by Boko Haram after negotiations between the group and the Nigerian government brokered by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Swiss government.

Service Chiefs and many top government officials were also at the meeting, the reporter said.

According to Mogherini, all must be done to ensure that those responsible of their ordeal are brought to justice.

Although the kidnapping of the Chibok girls caught global attention, Boko Haram has kidnapped thousands of adults and children.

According to ICRC, on its Twitter page it stated that it acted as an intermediary between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government.

The girls were released on Saturday after negotiation with the militants.

According to Premium Times, the girls are now meeting with Buhari inside his official residence behind closed doors.

The girls, who wore headscarves, were driven through Abuja to the hospital in a military convoy.

Nigeria's presidency released the names of the 82 Chibok schoolgirls newly freed from Boko Haram extremists which parents anxiously scoured to see if their daughters were released three years after their capture. An unknown number of girls kidnapped from their Nigerian boarding school by jihadists three years ago have been released, a government official said Saturday.

After he became president, Buhari pledged that his government would do all it could to rescue the girls, including exchanges, said Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed in a statement Monday, calling the criticism insensitive.

Abuja: In this file image taken from video by Nigeria's Islamic extremist network, shows the alleged missing girls abducted from the northeastern town of Chibok.

Another source also said one of the conditions given by leaders of the Boko Haram, was that they will not compel any of the girls to return.

"Apparently, some of these Chibok girls and other abductees do not want to return because they consider these Boko Haram fighters now their husbands", Ofeibea says.

"Electricity has improved, price of petroleum products has stabilized, corruption has reduced to the barest minimum, Boko Haram is no longer in control of territories and the Niger Delta issue has been resolved", Shittu told his audience. More victories for Nigeria.