President Mohammadu Buhari’s dream of freeing the Chibok girls captured by Boko Haram in 2014, is gradually coming true. According to the President’s spokesman, Garba Shehu,Twenty-one of the schoolgirls have been released, after negotiations with the terrorist groups.
“The outcome of negotiations between the administration and Islamist militants” said Garba Shehu. He said on Twitter that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Swiss government had acted as mediators in the talks with Boko Haram. He also added that negotiations are continuing.
The president also tweeted that he welcomed the release “following successful negotiations”.
The freed Chibok girls, who are due to arrive in Abuja, would be examined by a team of doctors and psychologists, Information Minister Lai Mohammed told journalists in the capital Abuja.
According to reports given by a security official to BBC, several militants were freed in a swap . However, the government has denied any of such claims. Minister Lai Mohammed stressed that “this is not a swap”.
“It is a release, the product of painstaking negotiations and trust on both sides,” the minister added.
“I can only weep, right now. You know that kind of cry that is a mix of multiple emotions,” Obiageli Ezekwesili, one of the leaders of the #BringBackOurGirls movement, has tweeted in response to the news.
This has given the entire world hope on the fact that some day, all of the other kidnapped Chibok girls, will get the chance to be with their families again, and live a normal life.