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Buhari meets 21 released Chibok girls

By Online Editor   |   19 October 2016   |   9:50 am
One of the 21 freed Chibok girls wipes away her tears as Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo tries to comforts her at his office in Abuja on October 13, 2016. Jihadist group Boko Haram has freed 21 of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped more than two years ago, raising hopes for the release of the others, officials said Thursday. Local sources said their release was part of a prisoner swap with the Nigerian government, but the authorities denied doing a deal with Boko Haram. PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA / AFP

One of the 21 freed Chibok girls wipes away her tears as Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo tries to comforts her at his office in Abuja on October 13, 2016. Jihadist group Boko Haram has freed 21 of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped more than two years ago, raising hopes for the release of the others, officials said Thursday. PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA / AFP

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will meet the 21 Chibok girls that were freed on October 13 and their families at the State House, Abuja, on Wednesday, Presidency Office of Digital Engagement said.

Buhari left for Germany last Thursday, a few hours after the girls were released. But they were received on his behalf  by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo later on that day.

The girls were part of more than 200 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls held since April 14, 2014, by Boko Haram.

The presidency said in a statement that the girls were released after negotiations between Boko Haram, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Nigerian and Swiss governments.

The statement added that negotiations were ongoing, raising the prospect of more releases.

“These 21 released girls are supposed to be talebearers to tell the Nigerian government that this faction of Boko Haram has 83 more Chibok girls,” presidential spokesman Garba Shehu, told Reuters.

“The faction said it is ready to negotiate if the government is willing to sit down with them,” said Shehu, adding that the state is prepared to negotiate with the branch of Boko Haram.”




  • Tosin

    Biko negotiate. No need to fight. Please.

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