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Buhari, BBOG welcome release of 21 Chibok schoolgirls

By Online Editor.   |   13 October 2016   |   12:39 pm
This video grab image created on August 14, 2016 taken from a video released on youtube purportedly by Islamist group Boko Haram showing what is claimed to be one of the groups fighters at an undisclosed location standing in front of girls allegedly kidnapped from Chibok in April 2014. Boko Haram on August 14, 2016 released a video of the girls allegedly kidnapped from Chibok in April 2014, showing some who are still alive and claiming others died in air strikes. The video is the latest release from embattled Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, who earlier this month denied claims that he had been replaced as the leader of the jihadist group. PHOTO: AFP / BOKO HARAM

This video grab image created on August 14, 2016 taken from a video released on youtube purportedly by Islamist group Boko Haram showing what is claimed to be one of the groups fighters at an undisclosed location standing in front of girls allegedly kidnapped from Chibok in April 2014. PHOTO: AFP / BOKO HARAM

President Muhammadu Buhari and the leader of the Bring Back Our Girls Movement, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, on Thursday expressed delight over the release of 21 Chibok schoolgirls by the Boko Haram sect.

Malam Garba Shehu, the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, said this in his twitter handle.

He stated that the president, however, cautioned “Nigerians to be mindful of the fact that more than 30,000 fellow citizens were killed via terrorism.’’

While expressing her happiness, Ezekwesili, who is currently in California, tweeted “I can only weep, right now. You know that kind of cry that is a mix of multiple emotions.
Lord. Some of OUR Girls ARE BACK!!! B. A. C. K.!!”


According to Shehu, the release of the girls, in a limited number, is the outcome of negotiations between the Federal Government and the the Boko Haram, brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss Government.

He said that the negotiations would continue and that the released girls would soon be handed over to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo by the DSS.

 




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