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I Welcome Release Of Chibok Girls, Says President Buhari

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Posted: Oct 13, 2016 at 1:57 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday expressed joy at the release of 21 female students of the Chibok? Secondary School, abducted by members of the Boko Haram sect since April 2014.
In two tweets from his personal twitter handle, the President who is on his way for an official visit to Germany wrote: “I welcome the release of 21 of our Chibok Girls, following successful negotiations.
“The Department of State Security (DSS) has briefed me on the matter and will continue to provide updates.”
The President assured that “cooperation on the security and humanitarian situation in the North East will form a significant part of my discussion with Chancellor (Angela) Merkel.”
Commenting on the release of the girls, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara tweetted: “This is a welcome development. We (the House of Reps) are hopeful that further negotiations will secure the release of all” of the abducted girls.
?Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu had noted earlier, while confirming the release of the 21?, that the deal was brokered by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Swiss government.
He said negotiations will continue for the release of the others.

Boko Haram had offered to free the girls in exchange for detained leaders of the group, but Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, said last month that negotiations last year ended when the sect demanded a ransom of $5.2 billion for the girls.

In May, one of the girls, Amina Ali Nkeki, escaped on her own and told her story of how some of her fellow captive girls died of illness and that others, like her, have been married to the insurgents and are pregnant or already have babies, her mother told newsmen.

Since then, according to AFP, she has been in the custody of the secret service where she is receiving medical care and trauma counseling.