President Muhammadu Buhari will, on Sunday in Abuja, receive the 82 Chibok girls just released from Boko Haram captivity. This was disclosed in a State House statement signed by Mallam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the President.
The statement which confirms Saharareporters earlier revelation that two high-profile Boko Haram commanders were swapped for the released girls said President Buhari is delighted that negotiations entered into have resulted in the release of more ChibokGirls. “Today, 82 more ChibokGirls were released. After lengthy negotiations, our security agencies have taken back these girls, in exchange for some Boko Haram suspects held by the authorities.
The released ChibokGirls are due to arrive in Abuja on Sunday, May 7, and will be received by the President,” the statement said. It added that President Buhari is full of gratitude to all those involved in the efforts to secure the release of the girls. Among these, the statement said, were the security agencies, military, Government of Switzerland, International Committee of the Red Cross as well as and local and international non-governmental organizations.
The statement also noted that President Buhari is committed to ensuring the safe return of other Boko Haram captives and has received detailed briefings from the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS) on the negotiations that led to the release of the 82 girls.