Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Groups Celebrate Buhari, Nigerian Army Over Release of Chibok Girls

Groups Celebrate Buhari, Nigerian Army Over Release of Chibok Girls

The Federal Government has assured the parents of the 82 released Chibok girls of reuniting them with their daughters who have been in the captivity of the terrorist group, Boko Haram for over 3 years now.

Tsambido said some politicians from Borno State were allowed to see the girls, who are now in the custody of the Department of State Services, lamenting that Chibok leaders, resident in Abuja, were denied access to the girls.

"We are not shielding the girls from their parents".

But Sarah's parents say that whatever condition she is in when they see her they will welcome her back with open arms.

She added. "I hope and pray that my daughter is among these released girls".

While the 21 girls freed in October were able to see their families in Chibok over Christmas, they were not allowed to return to their family homes.

Women's Affairs Minister Aisha Alhassan said the girls will be ready psychologically. Garba Shehu said that originally they had been negotiating the release of 83 girls, but one said she wanted to remain.

Ms Alhassan said Nigeria's government has no regrets about exchanging Boko Haram commanders for the schoolgirls' release. "We want to assure Nigerians that the army and the Nigerian government won't relent until this battle is won", Usman said.

Buhari has launched a campaign to crush Boko Haram's insurgency, and the army has managed to retake majority of the areas overrun by the militants. "We are very glad that you are back, and every Nigerian today must be forgetting every other hardship and suffering, because this is a very joyous moment".

We must not hesitate to caution those who seek to politicise everything in the land that whatever goes around, comes around, and above all, to note life is sacrosanct and that nothing supersedes it.

"The girls must come out, whether they like it or not; they should force them out, just as they were forced in, they should be forced out".

She was said to have been accompanied by the wife of the Acting President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo; wives of the governors of Zamfara State, Mrs. Asmau Yari; Kogi State, Mrs. Rashidat Bello; Bauchi State, Mrs. Hadiza Abubakar; Nasarawa State, Mrs. Mairo Al-Makura; and Sokoto State, Mrs. Mairo Tambuwal.

"Didn't super power United States engage in negotiations with the Taliban that led to the exchange of five Taliban fighters for US Army Sgt Bowe Bergdahl in 2014?"

Rejoining their communities will not be easy for the girls after the trauma of abuse by their captors, inadequate food, shelter, and medical attention.

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