Boko Haram released 82 Nigerian schoolgirls who were abducted more than three years ago.
STATE HOUSE PRESS STATEMENT: 82 more #ChibokGirls released
Today, 82 more #ChibokGirls were released.
After lengthy negotiations,our security agencies have taken back these girls, in exchange for some Boko Haram suspects held by the authorities.
The released #ChibokGirls are due to arrive in Abuja tomorrow Sunday May 7, and will be received by the President.
President Muhammadu Buhari expresses his deep gratitude to all who played a part in ensuring the success of this operation, as follows: Security agencies, the military, the Government of Switzerland, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and local and international NGOs.
The President has repeatedly expressed his total commitment towards ensuring the safe return of the #ChibokGirls, and all other Boko Haram captives.
The President has received detailed briefings from the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS) at every stage of the negotiations/operation.
Senior Special Assistant to the President — Media and Publicity
Families of the 82 girls released are relieved and happy to have them back home and safe.
Pictures of the girls reuniting with various family members
116 girls are yet to be returned. A group of 276 girls were abducted in north-eastern Nigeria three years ago. The news of the kidnapping caused a global anger and many celebrities came out to give support.#bringbackourgirls began trending.
The girls were abducted from their school in 2014, just about when they were to sit for exams.
Our heart and prayers are with those yet to be returned, hoping they are returned safe and well.