Nigerian leader meets with 82 freed girls

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In this photo released by the Nigeria State House, Chibok school girls recently freed from Nigeria Extremist captivity wait to meet with Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential palace in.

UNICEF acting representative, Nigeria, Pernille Ironside said it was heartening to know that the girls would be returning to their families, who have been waiting for this day.

Human rights groups have criticized the decision to keep the girls in custody in Abuja, about 560 miles from Chibok.

The Bring Back Our Girls campaign said Sunday it was happy that Nigeria's government had committed to rescuing the 113 remaining schoolgirls, and it urged the president to "earnestly pursue" the release of everyone held by Boko Haram. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters. A military source said three Boko Haram commanders had been freed in an exchange, but declined to give further details.

President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to London on Sunday night (tonight) for "medical follow-up,"his spokesperson has said".

On Monday, the young women met with Health Minister Isaac Folorunso Adewole. The insurgency has claimed the lives of 20,000 people and driven 2.6 million from their homes.

"As Boko Haram has seized thousands of captives in less than a decade, more attention should be paid to victims of less-publicised mass abductions by the extremist group", concluded the paper.

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Cummings was referring to both Saturday's release and a first group of 21 hostages who were set free in October 2016. Now they will be able to verify if they should make the journey.

He commended 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 the girls.

President Buhari said the girls' freedom was "a pleasant second anniversary gift to the people of Nigeria". Others did not want to come home either because they'd been radicalized by their captors.

"The UN verified the use of 90 children for suicide bombings in Nigeria, Cameroon, #Chad and Niger, the majority of whom were girls".

Some parents did not live long enough to see their daughters released, underscoring the tragedy of the saga.

"No human being should go through this kind of ordeal".

The BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group commended the Federal Government and all other partners in the rescue of the 82 of the remaining 195 abducted girls.

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