Some abducted Chibok schoolgirls refuse to be 'freed', says negotiator

Vincent Carr
May 19, 2017

The vice president will be in charge.

Buhari himself has not disclosed his ailment, though he did indicate he had a blood transfusion during his last stay in London and said he had "never been so sick".

"Huge numbers", the personal assistant to President Buhari, Bashir Ahmad, tweeted late on Saturday.

He commended the efforts of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, which despite the costly lethargy of the previous administration in rescuing the girls, went at it with renewed vigour. He says the president promised they will continue with their education.

Over 80 Chibok girls are still believed to be with the Boko Haram.

One of Boko Haram's captive, released late a year ago, cradles the child she conceived after being abducted in 2014.

"This is good news to us".

Aremu who is also an executive member of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) noted that "It is exactly 1,119 days (precisely April 14, 2014), the Boko Haram terrorists brutally and cowardly abducted 276 schoolgirls of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State North East of Nigeria".

Some of the freed schoolgirls board a helicopter.

They are expected to see their families but be kept in government care for counseling and medical treatment.

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The confirmation of the prisoner swap came a day after the young women were liberated.

Neither the Nigerian president nor Boko Haram, which has links to the Islamic State group, gave details on the exchange.

Last year, 21 of the estimated 220 girls (some reports have put that number closer to 300, but several dozen girls escaped shortly after being kidnapped) who disappeared were released and reunited with their families.

What illness he has remains undisclosed but concerns about his condition grew in recent weeks after he missed several cabinet meetings.

Meanwhile, the Bring Back Our Girls Group (BBOG) has applauded the government and security agencies on the release of the 82 Chibok girls.

The dramatic development came on Saturday, some three years after the mass abduction brought the Islamic extremist group's rampage to world attention. The group had seized thousands of captives in less than a decade.

Many wondered what had happened to the rest of the girls - whether they had been killed in a military operation, or forcibly married to fighters who would refuse to release them.

Presdent Buhari with the recently released girlsPresident Muhammadu Buhari today received the 82 recently freed Chibok girls in at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa.

Information Minister Lai Mohammed said he could not confirm claims that as many five militants were released.

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