Sunday, May 7, 2017

Nigeria: Chibok's 82 Nigerian High School Girls On Their Way To The Presidency

The 82 Nigerian high school girls from Chibok, freed Saturday after more than three years of captivity by the jihadist group Boko Haram, arrived in Abuja on Sunday where they were to be received by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.

"These 82 girls from Chibok are now in Abuja," Femi Adesina, spokeswoman for the presidency on Twitter, said they had been taken to the presidential residence.
"Welcome to our daughters, our sisters, we are happy to meet you," said Abba Kyari's chief of staff, on arrival at the airport from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state -East).
They were due to meet with the Head of State on Sunday at 4:00 pm (3:00 pm GMT), but at 6:30 pm, none of the girls had arrived at the presidential villa, where the press was waiting
These teenage girls are part of the group of 276 girls abducted in their high school by the jihadist group in 2014, which Nigeria commemorated with sadness in mid-April the third anniversary.
Relayed by media from around the world, this mass kidnapping had provoked a wave of indignation that many global celebrities had participated via the #bringbackourgirls hashtag.
The release of these high school girls is a great political victory for Muhammadu Buhari, who, with the fight against Boko Haram, had made it one of the priorities of his mandate.
Sick and weak, the head of state has not attended any council of ministers for a month, making Nigeria doubt his ability to lead the country.
The 82 high school girls who were released on Saturday were exchanged for detained members of Boko Haram, the presidency explained. According to connoisseurs of the movement, these are three Chadian commanders of the faction headed by Abubakar Shekau.
The girls have become a negotiating weapon in the conflict between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram, not least because of the politicization and international media coverage surrounding their kidnapping.
Amnesty International on Sunday urged the Nigerian authorities to provide adequate psychological support to released high school students and not to extend the traditional military investigation to assess their allegiance to the jihadist group - a common practice when thousands of villagers who lived under Yoke of the group.
'Very meager'

READ: Nigeria: More Than 80 Chibok High School Girls Released From The Hands Of Boko Haram

"It seems to be going, but they look very thin," told AFP a member of a group of self-defense Banki about young girls released, one of which is, According to him, accompanied by a child below two years.
These teenage girls are part of the group of 276 girls abducted in their high school by the jihadist group in 2014, which Nigeria commemorated with sadness in mid-April the third anniversary.
Relayed by media from around the world, this mass kidnapping had provoked a wave of indignation that many global celebrities had participated via the #bringbackourgirls hashtag.
The release of these high school girls is a great political victory for Muhammadu Buhari, who, with the fight against Boko Haram, had made it one of the priorities of his mandate.
Sick and weak, the head of state has not attended any council of ministers for a month, making Nigeria doubt his ability to lead the country.
The 82 high school girls who were released on Saturday were exchanged for detained members of Boko Haram, the presidency explained. According to connoisseurs of the movement, these are three Chadian commanders of the faction headed by Abubakar Shekau.
The girls have become a negotiating weapon in the conflict between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram, not least because of the politicization and international media coverage surrounding their kidnapping.
Amnesty International on Sunday urged the Nigerian authorities to provide adequate psychological support to released high school students and not to extend the traditional military investigation to assess their allegiance to the jihadist group - a common practice when thousands of villagers who lived under Yoke of the group.
'Very meager'

"It seems to be going, but they look very thin," told AFP a member of a group of self-defense Banki about young girls released, one of which is, According to him, accompanied by a child below two years.

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