Nigeria leader has met with freed Chibok girls

Nigeria leader has met with freed Chibok girls

Nigeria leader has met with freed Chibok girls

The latest release may give a boost to President Muhammadu Buhari, who made crushing the militants' insurgency a pillar of his election campaign in 2015, and said in April that the state was in talks to secure the release of the remaining captives.

Minutes later, the 74-year-old president startled Africa's most populous nation with the news of his departure.

He has missed three weekly cabinet meetings and he spent about six weeks in London on medical leave earlier this year, later saying that he had never been as sick in his life.

Buhari has been under pressure to disclose the nature of his illness but has said he would have to have follow-up treatment in London.

Many Nigerians believe that the abduction of the Chibok girls is a hoax and so is their recent release by the Buhari administration.

Cummings says there is a counter-theory which claims that Chibok girls were treated differently to other kidnap victims "in view of how much of an asset they were to Boko Haram in terms of being a bargaining chip with the Nigerian government".

"He promised that the presidency will personally supervise their rehabilitation".

Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode, of the Murtala Muhammed Foundation, which helped the first group of students, said she hoped the girls would be able to see their families during the rehabilitation process.

"Equally, we are very concerned about the safe return of the girls to their families at the earliest possible time, and will continue to disagree that negotiating with the terrorists is the right approach to achieving the objective". The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to reporters on the matter.

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The girls were driven to the State House, Abuja at 7:10pm in two white Marcopolo vehicles belonging to the Nigerian Army. He emphasized, though, that he considered all 82 of the girls to be his daughters "because a lot of them worship in my church".

Some parents did not live long enough to see their daughters released.

"They will face a long and hard process to rebuild their lives after the indescribable horror and trauma they have suffered at the hands of Boko Haram".

Boko Haram is thought to still be holding more than 100 of the original 276 girls taken from a school in north-eastern Nigeria in 2014.

UNICEF acting representative, Nigeria, Pernille Ironside said it was heartening to know that the girls would be returning to their families, who have been waiting for this day. Others did not want to come home because they'd been radicalized by their captors, the girls said.

ICRC had played a similar role a year ago October, when Nigeria got the first batch of 21 Chibok girls released.

It was unclear if numerous parents in the remote northeastern town of Chibok had seen the list of names or if any would travel the almost 900 kilometers (560 miles) to the capital of Abuja to see their daughters who were abducted by the Boko Haram militant group.

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.

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