(May 7, 2017) President Muhammadu Buhari is to receive the 82 Chibok girls released on Saturday by the Islamic sect, Boko Haram. A statement on Saturday night by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said that the girls were exchanged for some Boko Haram suspects in custody.
It reads “The President is pleased announce that negotiations to release more of the Chibok Girls have borne fruits 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 this operation.
‘It may be recalled that when the first batch of 21 girls were released in October last year, 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 State Security Services at each stage,” he added