After Years in Captivity, Nigeria Welcomes Back Kidnapped Chibok Schoolgirls

After Years in Captivity, Nigeria Welcomes Back Kidnapped Chibok Schoolgirls

After Years in Captivity, Nigeria Welcomes Back Kidnapped Chibok Schoolgirls

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"I can not express in a few words how happy I am to welcome our dear girls back to freedom", Mr Buhari told the girls in Abuja, according to his office.

He said the current administration was averse to propaganda, adding that it was diligently working hard to put the country on the path of growth and development.

Nigerians will recall that a year ago, government secured the release of 20 girls.

"For parents and families whose children remain in captivity, we urge them to take solace with fact that government is doing everything possible to ensure the safe return of the remaining schoolgirls". A handful of other girls have either escaped or been rescued, but 113 still remained unaccounted for following Saturday's release.

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Numerous captive girls, majority Christians, were forced to marry their captors and give birth to children in remote forest hideouts without knowing if they would see their parents again.

Although the army has retaken much of the territory initially lost to Boko Haram, large parts of the northeast, particularly in Borno state, remain under threat from the militants.

Nigeria's government says the schoolgirls were released in exchange for the release and transfer of Boko Haram suspects and will meet President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday in the capital.

"They will face a long and hard process to rebuild their lives after the indescribable horror and trauma they have suffered at the hands of Boko Haram", said Pernille Ironside, acting representative of UNICEF Nigeria.

"Don't forget that all the girls are not held by one faction of Boko Haram; so it depends on the faction holding them, and how well or how badly they treated them".

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Also its vehicles were used to transport the freed girls to Nigerian officials at Baki, in Borno state.

Around 270 girls were kidnapped in April 2014 by the militant group, which has killed 15,000 people and displaced more than two million during a seven-year insurgency in northeastern Nigeria.

"We are exceedingly delighted by this good news that has been long awaited following last October when upon the release of our 21 #ChibokGirls, our federal government promised that; another 83 was being negotiated to be released very soon".

The mass abduction shocked the world, sparking a global #Bringbackourgirls campaign supported by former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and other celebrities.

Before Saturday's release, 195 of the girls had been captive.

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