The office of President MuhammaduBuhariSunday, May 7 announced the release of 82 Chibok girls that were held captive by Boko Haram.
The president’s spokesperson, GarbaShehu, said in a statement in the early hours of Sunday that the girls were exchanged for some Boko Haram “suspects” held by the government. However, he did not provide number or names of the Boko Haram suspects swapped for the girls.
In a meeting with the girls on Sunday President Muhammadu Buhari expressed joy saying that “We’ve always made it clear that we will do everything in our power to ensure the freedom & safe return of our daughters”.
The President also expressed gratitude to all who played a part in ensuring the success of the operation to release the girls.
The Nigerian president also pledged to reintegrate and rehabilitate the girls. It is unclear if they’ll rejoin the first group of 21 Chibok girls freed last October who have since been in government care for medical attention, trauma counseling and rehabilitation.
The 82 girls were among the over 200 abducted from their dormitories in a government secondary school in Chibok, Borno State in April 2014 as they prepared to write their final exams.
Veronica Ogbole/ Nigeria