Nigeria spokesman says 1 Nigeria Chibok girl refused release

Nigeria identifies 82 freed Chibok girls parents await word

Boko Haram militants who used kidnappings, bombings and the torching of whole villages during an 8-year insurgency in northern Nigeria, this week released 82 of almost 300 schoolgirls taken in a brazen late-night raid at a government secondary school in April 2014.

The Chibok Girls in footage released by Boko Haram.

"However we must not forget about all the other children and other victims, who continue to live in captivity under Boko Haram control", the experts said. "I pray for his sound health, physical strength as well as increase in wisdom, understanding and knowledge to achieve even greater things for the nation".

Loosely translated, Boko Haram means "Western education is forbidden", and while the group has terrorized all parts of Nigerian society for years, schools are a favorite target. Though he did not give a number, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign and Local Debts Senator Shehu Sani, who was involved in the negotiations, said five Boko Haram suspects were released. "The military says it can't guarantee their safety if they go home, so they remain essentially prisoners of the state". One has a broken arm and another has a leg injury, Nigeria's information minister, Lai Mohammed, told CNN.

Community leaders were headed from the capital, Abuja, to the town of Chibok with photos of the newly released girls so that families can identify them, presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said. "And I believe very strongly that soon, the remaining girls will be released by the grace of God". They are among thousands kidnapped by Boko Haram during its eight-year insurgency that has left thousands dead and driven millions from their homes.

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In October, the ICRC helped broker a deal for the release of more than 20 Chibok schoolgirls.

The release of the 82 girls followed negotiations led by the Nigerian government; the Swiss government also participated, while the Red Cross provided transportation for the freed girls. "By Thursday, I will be in Nigeria", Wilson said.

A total of 276 girls were kidnapped and 113 have not escaped or been released. And can the Chibok girls ever really be free? The newly released girls will join the program.

Boko Haram has begun to focus on suicide bombings, sending dozens of young girls and children as young as seven into crowded areas like markets and camps.

Nigeria's government rebuffed criticism by a faction of the former ruling party that it should not have made an exchange for the girls' release, along with other criticism that it waited too long to take such action.



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