President Buhari Off To London For Medical Follow-Up
President Buhari Off To London For Medical Follow-Up
President Muhammadu Buhari flanked by the Chief of Staff Malam Abba Kyari and NSA Maj Gen Babagana Monguno
09 May, 2017, 00:42
The girls, kidnapped in April 2014, were released by the Boko Haram in a swap deal that also saw the release of some terror suspects.
President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to London on Sunday night (tonight) for "medical follow-up,"his spokesperson has said". Neither Nigeria's government nor Boko Haram, which has links to the Islamic State group, gave details about the exchange.
The International Committee of the Red Cross says it acted as a neutral intermediary and transported the 82 freed Chibok schoolgirls into the hands of Nigeria's government.
"I urge the Federal Government to step up efforts to ensure the release of the remaining girls and for Nigerians not to relent in their prayers to ensure safe release of the remaining girls, " Bashir said.
"UNICEF is on standby to support the Nigerian authorities to provide the comprehensive psychosocial support and other specialized services needed".
It was not immediately clear whether the newly freed girls would join them.
"According to Virginia Gamba, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, with tactics including widespread recruitment and use, abductions, sexual violence, attacks on schools and the increasing use of children in so-called suicide attacks, Boko Haram has inflicted unspeakable horror upon the children of Nigeria's north-east and neighbouring countries".
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The girls were part of a mass abduction by Boko Haram extremists three years ago.
The president said the schoolgirls were freed in exchange for detained suspected extremists in the largest negotiated release so far of the almost 300 girls whose mass abduction in 2014 highlighted the threat of Nigeria's homegrown extremist fighters who are linked to the Islamic State group.
The release of the 82 Chibok girls could be a sign that the militants are weakening further, raising hopes that the remaining captives will be freed one day, said security analyst Ryan Cummings, head of risk management consultancy Signal Risk.
ICRC had played a similar role past year October, when Nigeria got the first batch of 21 Chibok girls released.
"In his inaugural address, President Muhammadu Buhari said the administration can not claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls".
"Bring Back Our Girls" campaigners celebrate the release of the kidnapped Chibok school girls.
The 82 released in May were sent to a secret location in Abuja after meeting the president.
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