Nigeria's First Lady visits rescued Chibok girls

Posted May 17, 2017

She says, "The initial news is that 82 of Nigeria's kidnapped Chibok girls have been freed by Boko Haram in exchange for militants that the government then released back to that militant group".

Speaking while presenting a peace flag to the Nigerian army, at the Army Headquarters Garrison, Abuja, Princess Lillian Cosmos, FCT Coordinator, Africa Arise for Change Network commended President Buhari for keeping to his promise and facilitating the freedom of the girls after three years. He called it an "unusual" move which is also detrimental to the government's fight against insurgency. "I have found a husband'".

It is being reported that the girls were handed over on Saturday in exchange for five Boko Haram suspects after negotiations - a deal which has been criticised by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

The screening is expected to last between the period of two to three weeks.

"I can not even sleep tonight", said Yana Galang, whose daughter, Rifkatu, was among the girls kidnapped.

I can not express in a few words how happy I am to welcome our dear girls back to freedom.

"I think this (Buhari) administration is doing well on the issue of the Chibok girls".

On Saturday, 82 of the Chibok schoolgirls were released.

He stated that the abduction and release narratives of government were true while chatting with the media in Abuja on Wednesday. Will the PDP rather have the girls stay in perpetual captivity, just to prove a ludicrous point? "In fact they have to develop relationships of some sort in order to survive". "Now he doesn't know where she is and he is not allowed to go and see her", Yesufu told CNN.

A list of the girls' names was published on Sunday evening and photographs of them have been sent to Chibok and the surrounding area for cross-checking.

He added, "We have still not been contacted; parents have still not been contacted. So, we don't want to create that confusion", he said. Even former First Lady Michele Obama took part, tweeting a picture of herself holding a placard that read #BringBackOurGirls.

"We are still working on it". Those girls are in a government rehabilitation camp where they rarely see their families.

In December, families who are seen as key to the girls' recovery complained they were blocked from celebrating Christmas together.

"So the moment of the celebration of the return of the girls is not lost on the remaining girls, we urge the Federal Government to continue to work with the same effort to negotiate the release of the girls still in captivity", Rev Ugolor said.