NIGERIA: 82 CHIBOK GIRLS RELEASED
Aboard a Nigerian Air Force Mi-17 helicopter, eighty-two freed girls arrived at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja on Sunday afternoon from Maiduguri and they were received on behalf of the President by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.
Shehu Sani, the Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District said that an unnamed negotiator, The Swiss Government and the International Committee of Red Cross led the negotiation for the release of the abducted Chibok girls.
Upon their arrival, the girls were taken for medical check-ups at the DSS Medical center and thereafter were taken to meet with the President
The President in his speech said, “This is a pleasant second-anniversary gift to the people of Nigeria. I cannot express, in a few words, how happy I am to welcome our dear girls back to freedom.
“On behalf of all Nigerians, I will like to share my joy with you, your parents, your relatives, friends, and Government of Borno State on regaining your freedom.
“The Federal Government will like to commend the security agencies, the Red Cross, local authorities, local and foreign NGOs and all those who contributed in one way or another to secure the release of our Chibok girls.
The Federal Government and security agencies involved in the release of the girls were applauded by the Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, Bring Back Our Girls, the Arewa Consultative Forum and the All Progressives Congress.
They commended the President, the Federal Government and all the other partners for the heart-warming development. And they were also glad that the Presidency made a strong commitment to rescuing the remaining 113 girls still held in captive.
Tobita Hellapa (Maryam Lawal)
List of the 82 freed Chibok girls