President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed the latest release of 82 Chibok girls that were held captive by Boko Haram.
The president’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said in a statement issued
in the early hours of Sunday that the girls were taken back in exchange
of some Boko Haram “suspects” that were held by the government.
He did not provide the number or names of the Boko Haram suspects released.
The girls were released on Saturday, Mr. Shehu said, adding that they
are to arrive Abuja today, Sunday, where they will be received by
He said the president was kept abreast of every negotiation and operation that led to the girls’ release.
“President Muhammadu Buhari expresses his deep gratitude to all who
played a part in ensuring the success of this operation, as follows:
Security agencies, the military, the Government of Switzerland, the
International Committee of the Red Cross, and local and international
NGOs,” Mr. Shehu said.
The statement said Mr. Buhari was committed to ensuring the safe return of the Chibok girls, and all other Boko Haram captives.
The released girls are among the over 270 abducted from their
dormitories in a government secondary school in Chibok, Borno State in
April 2014 as they prepared to write their final exams.
Twenty one of them were earlier released last October after negotiations between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government.
Two other girls were found separately, in addition to those who
escaped on the night of their abduction. With the latest release, about
80 Chibok girls are now being held by the Boko Haram.