The United Nations welcomes the released of 82 Nigerian Chibok schoolgirls that were kidnapped by the extremist group Boko Haram in 2014, said a spokesperson here on Monday.
Minister of Women's Affairs and Social Development Aisha Alhassan told reporters on Thursday that "we will not relent until all are back".
A FURTHER 82 of the schoolgirls snatched three years ago from their boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria (News, 2 May 2014), have been released by the militant group Boko Haram, in return for the release of some of their fighters from custody.
"It is not true that we are not allowing the parents to see their children; we allow them access but not everyday".
"When parents of the 82 Chibok girls arrive from Chibok (in a matter of days) doubting Thomases will see that they are truly ChibokGirls", she added. The program extends to all kidnapped girls, and it is created to give them the education and freedom that Boko Haram sought to take from them.
"Observers nonetheless saw the girls" release as a sign that a faction of Boko Haram is seriously weakened and appears willing to engage in dialogue with the "enemy" state.After three years in captivity numerous girls, who are rumoured to have been subjected to daily indoctrination, will be psychologically scarred - one reportedly refused to leave.
"The president made a promise that he will educate them", he said, adding that parents of the girls were anxious about having to pay for their schooling if it was not covered by the state. We don't want to hear that, even if the girls don't want to come out, it is not for him to advertise.
There are also concerns that those girls who go back to their communities may have trouble reintegrating.
On her part, the wife of the Vice-President, Dolapo Osinbajo, expressed her happiness for the safe return of the girls.
Mr. Buhari also said he was pleased to have personally met the girls and assured them that the presidency will personally supervise the performance of those entrusted with their welfare. This was the largest release negotiated by the Nigerian government.
Parents of missing girls quickly tried to determine if their daughters were among the freed.
The first was the release of 21 girls last October, which he said was created to "build confidence on both sides". Kristin Wright of Open Doors USA says they are cautiously celebrating as they wait for their teams on the ground to verify reports.
A later statement signed by the president's Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu confirmed that some Boko Haram "suspects" were released in exchange for the girls.
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