God Brought You Back, Aisha Buhari Tells Freed Chibok Girls

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He said: "In his inaugural address, President Muhammadu Buhari said the Administration can not claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls". "I really want to see my daughter, but I can't come unless with government invitation".

She said this on Wednesday when she visited the facilities of the Department of State Security in Abuja where the girls are being kept.

Switzerland and the International Committee of the Red Cross helped secure the 82 girls in "lengthy negotiations", the presidency said on its Twitter account on Saturday, May 6. Nigeria's government exchanged them for five detained Boko Haram commanders, according to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to speak to reporters on the matter. One of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 and who had the opportunity to be released on Saturday chose to stay with her husband, the spokesman for Nigeria's president said Tuesday, May 9.

Twenty-one of them were earlier released last October after negotiations between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government.

Twenty-one of their classmates were freed in October a year ago; three had previously been found or escaped. One of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 and who had the opportu.

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Assuring the girls, Lai Mohammed said: "What is paramount to us is the release of the remaining girls".

"Parents' involvement is crucial", said Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode, a leader of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaign and head of the Murtala Muhammad Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting the parents of the abducted girls.

With this tally, more than 100 girls are still unaccounted for, apart from thousands of other people abducted by the terrorists over the years.

While the kidnapping of schoolgirls gained notoriety worldwide, the actual number of kidnappings by Boko Haram in Nigeria is estimated at 30,000 with some young people used as suicide bombers.

"I'm very anxious to meet her so I can celebrate with her and others that were freed, and also to pray for the remaining ones who are still missing so they can be rescued", Ishaya told The Associated Press.

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Though Boko Haram has abducted thousands of people during its eight-year insurgency that has spilled across Nigeria's borders, the Chibok mass kidnapping horrified the world and brought the extremist group global attention.

"The President has repeatedly expressed his total commitment towards ensuring the safe return of the #ChibokGirls, and all other Boko Haram captives", Buhari's office said in a statement.

"I think this (Buhari) administration is doing well on the issue of the Chibok girls".

Yet the authorities inexplicably publicized the girls' names to news outlets, including via the social media handle of the president's media aide, Malam Garba Shehu.

But Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari promises to "personally supervise" returning the girls to a sense of well-being.

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