In Nigeria, Dozens Of Kidnapped Girls Freed In Boko Haram Swap

It was expected for the freed girls to meet with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in the country's capital of Abuja.

"Reports that we are preventing parents from seeing their children who are among the set of 21 Chibok girls are absolutely not true. We are all delighted and we will be more delighted when they are finally reunited with their family and friends".

She added. "I hope and pray that my daughter is among these released girls".

Numerous girls have managed to escape or been freed since then, but more than 100 are still missing.

The 82 were released on Saturday following months of talks and the exchange of a number of suspected militants held in government custody.

The women's minister said the recently-released 82 would be reunited at another facility in the capital with 24 of their classmates who were released or found previous year.

Though it is uncertain how many have been kidnapped, Amnesty International has documented at least 41 cases of mass abductions by Boko Haram since the beginning of 2014. According to the United Nations, "it includes, among others, access to quality education to bridge the learning gap created during the abduction, access to reproductive health care for their sexual well-being and rehabilitation support, and a skills-acquisition programme to ease their reintegration into their society".

"However we must not forget about all the other children and other victims, who continue to live in captivity under Boko Haram control", the experts said. "We want to assure Nigerians that the army and the Nigerian government won't relent until this battle is totally over", he added. We've allowed her to go, she'll be back in 2 weeks.

A total of 276 girls were kidnapped and 113 have not escaped or been released.

Nigerian authorities have repeatedly stated that they would settle for negotiations to secure the release of the girls instead of a military strike, which carries the likelihood of high collateral damage that puts the lives of the girls at risk.

For more than two years there was no sign of the girls.

On her part, the wife of the Vice-President, Dolapo Osinbajo, expressed her happiness for the safe return of the girls.

"When they get the pictures, they see them and verify, then they come on board to Abuja to see their daughters". He also promised that "the Presidency will personally supervise the performance of those entrusted with your welfare and commitments made by the Federal Government on your health, education, security and general well-being". We are appalled by negative comments from some quarters about the circumstances surrounding the release of the 82.

  • Leroy Wright