President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed delight over the release of 21 Chibok schoolgirls by the Boko Haram sect on Thursday.
The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said this in his twitter handle.
“The president, however, cautioned “Nigerians to be mindful of the fact that more than 30,000 fellow citizens were killed via terrorism,” Shehu stated.
Outcome of negotiations
According to him, the release of the girls, in a limited number, is the outcome of negotiations between the Nigerian Government and the Boko Haram, brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government.
He said the negotiations would continue, stressing that the released girls would soon be handed over to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, by the Department of State Services, DSS.
More than 200 female students were kidnapped on April 14, 2014 from the Government Secondary School in Chibok town, Borno State.
There were reports that 57 of the schoolgirls managed to escape.
Meanwhile the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group has welcomed the release of 21 abducted ChibokGirls.
According to the group, “this wonderful development confirms what we have always known about the capacity of our government to rescue our Chibok girls.’’
“While awaiting further details, we take this opportunity to salute the work of our security services at the front lines, the commitment, resilience and tireless efforts of our members of the Multi-national Joint Task Force, JTF, and the civilian JTF. We also thank the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Swiss government and all negotiators involved in securing the release.
“Following this development, we trust that our government will continue to work to keep the safety, security, and well-being of the other girls a high priority. We further urge the international community to continue to support our government’s effort to rescue all other abducted Nigerians, so that parents, the Chibok community, the nation, and the world can finally put an end to this nightmare once and for all,’’ the group stated.