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Chibok Girls: My Second Anniversary gift + see full list of freed girls
Buhari with the 82 released Chibok Girls and their family members

Chibok Girls: My Second Anniversary gift + see full list of freed girls

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the release of 82 Chibok girls by Boko Haram sect as his administration’s pleasant second anniversary gift to Nigerians.

The President stated this on Sunday, May 7, when he met the girls inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Journalists were barred from covering the event but a prepared speech was handed over to state house reporters after the event. But the Chief of Staff, Mallam A

“This is a pleasant second anniversary gift to the people of Nigeria. I cannot express, in a few words, how happy I am to welcome our dear girls back to freedom,” Buhari said.

“On behalf of all Nigerians, I will like to share my joy with you, your parents, your relatives, friends and Government of Borno State on regaining your freedom.

“The Federal Government will like to commend the security agencies, the Red Cross, local authorities, local and foreign NGOs and all those who contributed in one way or another to secure the release of our Chibok girls.”



How freed girls were brought to Army base –ICRC

Meanwhile, the spokesperson for the ICRC, Aleksandra Matijevic, has revealed the role of ICRC in securing the release of the girls.

Speaking with Punch, the spokeperson said ICRC transported the schoolgirls from a forest, held by the Boko Haram terrorists, to the Army base in Banki town.

 “Our role in the release was to ensure the transport of the girls from the armed position to the other side. We transported the girls to the government side and to the military. This took us two days because of bad weather

“The medical examination of the girls would be the next step after handing them over to the government, but the ICRC is not involved in that.

“You should also note that the negotiation for the girls was a political process, and we, at ICRC, are apolitical. Hence, the transportation was our only role.”

The Deputy Regional Director, ICRC Africa, Patrick Youssef, in a series of tweets, said, “Acting as a neutral intermediary, we ,at the ICRC, transported 82 Chibok girls to the government of Nigeria. Since Friday, we facilitated the safe return of the girls in Nigeria.”


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