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Buhari Meets 82 Newly-freed Chibok Schoolgirls, Says It’s Pleasant 2nd Year Anniversary Gift to Nigerians

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By Toriola Olajide

President Muhammadu Buhari has met the 82 additional Chibokgirls freed on Saturday in a Boko Haram prisoners swap deal.

The president met the girls shortly before he traveled to London for medical treatment.

The freed schoolgirls arrived at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa Abuja around 8 pm on Sunday.

They were brought for the meeting with ailing President Buhari in two military buses to Aso Rock.

In his speech while meeting the girls, President Buhari said he was delighted to personally meet the released girls.

He said: “This is a pleasant 2nd anniversary gift to the people of Nigeria.

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

On behalf of all Nigerians, I will like to share my joy with you, your parents, your relatives, friends and Government of Borno State on regaining your freedom.

“The Federal Government will like to commend the Security Agencies, the Red Cross, local authorities, local and foreign NGOs and all those who contributed in one way or another to secure the release of our Chibok Girls.

Let me reassure Nigerians, especially relatives and friends of the remaining girls that the Federal Government will spare no effort to see that they and all other Nigerians who have been abducted safely regain their freedom.

“Finally, I am very pleased to have personally met you and let me assure you 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.

No human being should go through this kind of ordeal. The security agencies and state governments should continue to provide special protection to educational institutions vulnerable to this kind of outrage especially in remote areas.

“This administration is resolutely determined to safeguard the security of all Nigerians at all times.

“Once again, I congratulate you and your parents on your safe return”.

It would be the first time the 82 freed Chibok schoolgirls will be seen in public after their release.

The military has received them on Saturday after they were released by Boko Haram. Their release brought to 103, the number of the Chibok schoolgirls freed so far.

21 of them were released last year. Over 200 schoolgirls were abducted in April 2014 from their dormitory in Chibok.

 

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