Nigerians rejoice as the Boko Haram sect released 21 Chibok school girls from captivity.
The news was received with joy across the country. The Bring Back Our Girls convener, former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili expressed gratitude to God and thanked President Mohammadu Buhari and the gallant soldiers for ensuring the safe release of the girls. She said she could not sleep because of joy after hearing the news at 4am in California.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday was also joyous over the release of the schoolgirls.
Malam Garba Shehu, the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, said this in his twitter handle.
He stated that the president, however, cautioned “Nigerians to be mindful of the fact that more than 30,000 fellow citizens were killed via terrorism.’’
According to him, the release of the girls, in a limited number, is the outcome of negotiations between the Federal Government and the the Boko Haram, brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss Government.
He said that the negotiations would continue.
He said the released girls would soon be handed over to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo by the DSS.
More than 200 female students were kidnapped on April 14, 2014 from the Government Secondary School in Chibok town, Borno State.
Market women and commuters at bus stations were thanking God for the release of the girls.
The released girls were part of the 218 captured from their dormitory in a Chibok secondary school in Borno State.
There were reports that 57 of the schoolgirls managed to escape over the next few months and some have described their capture in appearances at international human rights conferences.