21 kidnapped Chibok girls released – The spokesman for President Buhari, Garba Shehu, has confirmed the release of 21 Chibok
girls kidnapped by Boko Haram. In statement released, Shehu said:
“It is confirmed that 21 of the missing Chibok Girls have been released and are in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS.
The Director-General, Malam Lawal Daura just finished briefing the President H.E Muhammadu Buhari. The release of the girls, in a limited number is the outcome of negotiations between the administration and the Boko Haram, brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government. The negotiations will continue.
The President welcomes the release of the girls but cautioned Nigerians to be mindful of the fact that more than 30,000 fellow citizens were killed via terrorism. Lawal Daura wants the girls to have some rest, with all of them very tired coming out of the process before he hands them over to the VP. The President takes off shortly on a trip to Germany for a state visit.”
There are indications that majority of the twenty-one Chibok girls freed on Thursday may be pregnant.
DSS sources told newsmen, that though it’s difficult to ascertain just by mere observation, officials at the Air Force hospital had hinted that many of the girls returned with pregnancy.
Even though Journalists cannot verify the actual number of those who are pregnant, the source estimated that ”at least eighteen of the twenty-one of are pregnant.”
The degraded Boko Haram group had on Thursday, dropped off 21 of the girls at the Banki area of the state and it was learnt that the girls were picked up by military helicopter.
Oby Ezekwesili reacts to the release of 21 Chibok girls to the Nigerian goverment
Co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group/former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili has reacted to the confirmation by the Nigerian Government that 21 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls have been released. Spokesman for President Buhari, Garba Shehu, who confirmed this said it was the outcome of negotiations between the Nigherian government and Boko Haram, brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government. The names of the girls will be released soon.