Twenty-one Chibok girls were released by the rebel group Boko Haram to the federal government of Nigeria according to reports by local media sources in Nigeria.
According to Sahara Reporters portal, the girls were picked up by a military helicopter in an area of Borno state where the terrorist group dropped them off. Boko Haram abducted over 200 girls from their school in Chibok situated in Borno State two years ago. Up to now, activists maintain that only one girl has been rescued in the person of Amina Nkeki.
After the news broke on Thursday, the activist group, Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG), said they had seen the news about the release of 21 girls, even though unconfirmed, “This will be extremely happy news if true. We are monitoring,” their tweet read.
The girls are: Mary Usman Bulama, Jummai John, Blessing Abana, Lugwa Sanda, Comfort Habila, Maryam Basheer, Comfort Amos, Glory Mainta, Saratu Emannuel, Deborah Ja’afaru, Rahab Ibrahim, Helen Musa, Maryamu Lawan, Rebecca Ibrahim, Asabe Goni, Deborah Andrawus, Agnes Gapani, Saratu Markus, Glory Dama, Pindah Nuhu and Rebecca Mallam.
Vice President of Nigeria Osibanjo met them at the State House on Thursday evening where he assured them that the government will make provisions for all their needs.
“We are going to see to it that everything that you require going forward, perhaps your education, for those who need to go back to school, and for those who need to find some employment, we are going to make sure that we make all the provisions for you,” he assured them.
He also expressed the excitement of President Muhammadu Buhari who is in Germany for a three-day official visit.
President Muhammadu Buhari recently called on the United Nations to join the government as part of negotiations with the group to secure the release of the school girls abducted from the town of Chibok, two years ago.
The insurgents in a recent video have insisted that they are still strong and have the capacity to carry out attacks. This is despite the army’s position that their strength has waned and they are limited to the Sambisa forest.
The girls were released after a successful negotiation with Boko Haram facilitated by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government, the government clarified.
Author: Gesture Chidhanguro