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Eighty-two Chibok schoolgirls have been released after successful negotiations between the Federal government and terror group, Boko Haram.

Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls from Chibok in April 2014 while the girls were preparing to write a national exam. The kidnap led to a global outcry and the social media hashtag #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG).

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Since then, efforts have been made to secure the release of the girls. The BBOG movement criticized the government for not doing enough to rescue the girls.

However, in October 2016, 21 kidnapped girls were released to the delight of Nigerians.

This present 82 that were freed will further show the commitment of the government to bring these girls back home.

The president, Muhammed Buhari tweeted to confirm the release:

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President  is pleased to announce that negotiations to release more of the  have yielded results.
After lengthy negotiations, our security agencies have taken back these girls, in exchange for some BokoHaram suspects held by the authorities.
In an official statement, Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity also confirmed the release.
The statement reads in part:

“President Buhari is pleased to announce that negotiations to release more of the Chibok Girls have bore fruit with the release of 82 more girls today after months of patient negotiations. Our security agencies have taken back these abducted girls in exchange for some Boko Haram suspects held by the authorities.

“The girls are due tomorrow (Sunday) in Abuja to be received by the President. The president expressed his deep gratitude to security agencies, the military, the government of Switzerland, the Red Cross, local and international NGOs for the success of the operation.

“It may be recalled when the first batch of 21 girls was released in October 2016, the president directed the security agencies to continue in earnest until all the Chibok girls have been released and reunited with their families.

“The president has been receiving full reports from the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS) at each stage of the operation.”

 
Written By Damilola Faustino

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