President Buhari Off To London For Medical Follow-Up

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The girls were driven to the State House, Abuja at 7:10pm in two white Marcopolo vehicles belonging to the Nigerian Army.

When asked by if she was concerned that Boko Haram commanders were being released in exchange of the freed Chibok girls, Obe said: "I think for now, let us put ourselves in the shoes of the parents of the kidnapped girls".

In a later statement, Mr. Adesina said the president has already written to the leadership of the National Assembly intimating them of the trip.

(AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba).

The release of the girls may give a boost to Buhari who has hardly appeared in public since returning from Britain in March for treatment of an unspecified illness.

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Featuring on Channels Television programme, Sunrise Daily, Adesina made the claim while reacting to a question on security concerns raised over the release of the Boko Haram suspects.

Human rights groups have criticized the decision to keep the girls in custody in Abuja, about 560 miles from Chibok. The official who confirmed the release spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to reporters on the matter.

There was no comment yet from the Nigerian presidency or Boko Haram, an extremist group linked to the Islamic State.

"As Boko Haram has seized thousands of captives in less than a decade, more attention should be paid to victims of less-publicised mass abductions by the extremist group", concluded the paper.

However, 21 of them were earlier released in October 2016 after negotiation between the Federal Government and the insurgents.

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Following the release of the 82 on Saturday, 113 are still missing. The International Committee of the Red Cross, which helped negotiate the girls' release along with the Swiss government, said they would be reunited with their families soon.

"The president wishes to assure all Nigerians that there is no cause for worry", Adesina said in a statement posted on the presidency's Facebook page and Twitter feed.

More than 200 girls were abducted from their dormitories in 2014 at Government Girls Secondary School Chibok, Borno, preparatory to their final examination. Others did not want to come home because they'd been radicalized by their captors, the girls said.

Some parents did not live long enough to see their daughters released, underscoring the tragedy of the three-year saga. And the recovery process is expected to be a long one for the girls.

A few others have escaped or been rescued, and 113 of the girls are believed to be still held in captivity by Boko Haram.

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In a statement issued on Monday in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed described the statement as "indecent, inhuman and ill-timed". "None, however, trounces the sanctity attached to human life and the consideration for the pains of the loved ones of those involved".

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