TapForMobile

82 freed schoolgirls to meet Nigerian president


More than 80 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram three years ago have arrived in Nigeria's capital as part of a government prisoner exchange.

The office of Nigeria's president says Muhammadu Buhari is now leaving for London for a medical checkup as fears continue over the state of his health.

In response to a question, the source said: "Both parties agreed to manage the release of the girls in a no victor, no vanquished manner".

A global Bring Back Our Girls campaign, supported by former United States first lady Michelle Obama and other celebrities, has brought "tremendous pressure" on the Nigerian government to counter the extremist group, which controls large parts of the north of the country, says The Guardian. Now parents will know if they should make the journey to see their daughters.

Photos released by the government showed the rail-thin president standing and addressing the Chibok schoolgirls at his official residence Sunday evening, a day after their release.

The most high-profile attack took place on April 14, 2014, when Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from a secondary school in Chibok in northeast Borno state. At the time, the government denied making an exchange for Boko Haram suspects or paying ransom.

Adeyeye said "the suspected terrorists by this release have escaped justice", adding that "all the effort made by security agencies to bring them to book has come to nothing".

Last year, 21 other Chibok girls were liberated in October and they have been undergoing counseling for months.


She said government should do its best to see that the 82 freed girls were given full rehabilitation so that they can be reintegrated into the society.

Those girls are still in government care in Abuja for medical attention, trauma counseling and rehabilitation, according to the government. Human rights groups have criticized the decision to keep the girls in custody in Abuja, almost 900 kilometres (560 miles) from Chibok.

But Amnesty International objected to that meeting, saying the girls should be released quickly to their families and don't deserve to be put through a "publicity stunt that largely doesn't reckon with their privacy".

The ICRC along with the Swiss government had mediated months of negotiations between Nigeria and the Boko Haram extremist group to obtain Saturday's release.

It believed that with such exchange, the Boko Haram terrorists had been emboldened to continue their terror and kidnapping of innocent people.

The girls were among a group of 270 schoolgirls kidnapped in April 2014 by the militant group Boko Haram, which has waged an eight-year-old insurgency to create an Islamist caliphate, killing thousands and forcing more than two million from their homes. The brutality of the act sparked a global outcry, with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls sweeping social media and unifying outraged citizens and political leaders alike, including then-first lady Michelle Obama.

Buhari late previous year announced Boko Haram had been "crushed", but the group continues to carry out attacks in northern Nigeria and neighboring countries. Its insurgency has killed more than 20,000 people and driven 2.6 million from their homes, with millions facing starvation.

Related Articles

  • Diego Simeone reacts in aftermath of Real Madrid embarrassment

    Diego Simeone reacts in aftermath of Real Madrid embarrassment

    Speaking to reporters at the post-match press conference, Zidane enthused "I don't know whether it's all down to him being rested. Lucas Vazquez did well to get in round the back and find Ronaldo , who had time to take a touch and send Oblak the wrong way.

    Government 'Needs a Good Shutdown' to Fix Senate 'Mess'

    Regarding the entire spending deal, Higgins said: "All of this is very good with respect to what the White House was proposing". But Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director, told reporters during a briefing that the president is on solid footing.
    Starting with Bears, surprises galore on Day 1 of NFL draft

    Starting with Bears, surprises galore on Day 1 of NFL draft

    Yet three went in the first dozen Thursday night, with two whopping trades putting the Bears and Chiefs in position to grab QBs. The Browns had another pick at number 12, but chose to trade out of the pick, handing it to the Houston Texans.
  • Draisaitl helps Oilers rout Ducks 7-1 to force Game 7

    Draisaitl helps Oilers rout Ducks 7-1 to force Game 7

    On the latter, Getzlaf broke free up the center of the ice and was held by Milan Lucic as he beared down on the net. He figures to be a huge part of the Coyotes' rebuild and should be one of their core players in the coming seasons.
    Black Ops II Player Kills 10000 Zombies While Sitting In a Corner

    Black Ops II Player Kills 10000 Zombies While Sitting In a Corner

    In addition, the DLC will also include new Calling Cards of Dempsey, Nikolai, Takeo, Richtofen and Zombie Heroes animated card. It sounds like there may have been some truth to the Black Ops 3: Zombies Chronicles rumors we'd begun to hear a while ago.

    Lawmakers seal deal on $1T plan government-wide funding bill

    The agreement would keep the U.S. government funded until the end of September, local media reported, citing congressional aides. The measure funding the remainder of the 2017 budget year also eliminates cuts to medical research and infrastructure grants.
  • Civil liberties group scorns Trump's religious executive order as 'elaborate photo-op'

    The order also offers " regulatory relief " for health care providers who don't want to provide birth control, for religious reasons.

    OnePlus 5 next flagship to rock dual cameras and more

    This is the reason that after releasing OnePlus 3, the smartphone maker has chose to skip OnePlus 4 and moved on to OnePlus 5. The source also says that dual camera is pretty much confirmed, but it won't be arranged as the renders have you believe.

    CEO says NASCAR 'not isolated' in fighting to attract fans

    This weekend was probably, from start to finish, the best weekend we've had as far as average long-run speed. This time , Kyle Larson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr . were on the front row as a total of five cars stayed out.
  • Real Madrid Vs. Granada Live Stream

    Real Madrid Vs. Granada Live Stream

    Could Granada spoil Real's championship hopes on their way out of the league? "We had one more midfielder than our rivals. Rafa has felt something, not very much, but as always we do not want to take risks with someone who has an issue".
    Romelu Lukaku not good enough for United, says Rene Muelensteen

    Romelu Lukaku not good enough for United, says Rene Muelensteen

    Everton have identified a potential replacement for Romelu Lukaku who is speculated to be leaving the club this summer. The United manager has also lost top-scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic to a knee ligament injury.

    Browns can control 2018 draft with 5 of first 64 picks

    Green: From the start, I was never sold on Garrett being the No. 1 pick. "Right now, Patrick isn't absolutely ready to play". I went a little earlier than I expected so I'm just excited to lay it all on the line for my family and my team.

Comments