More Chibok girls to return in swap deal, says minister

More Chibok girls to return in swap deal, says minister

More Chibok girls to return in swap deal, says minister

"It gladdens my heart that after years of hoping, crying and praying, 82 of our Chibok daughters are out of captivity".

Allen Manasseh, Chibok parents' spokesperson, speaks during an interview in Abuja, Nigeria, Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

"The location of the girls kept changing since yesterday when the operation to rescue them commenced", said a Nigerian military official to NBC News with knowledge of the rescue operation but wanted to remain anonymous.

"When you were away, I met with your parents severally". Nigeria's government exchanged them for five detained Boko Haram commanders. But Abana Ishaya said he can not travel the long distance from his home in northern Nigeria to the capital without the government's invitation and assurance that he will see her.

The mass abduction of almost 300 schoolgirls from a boarding school three years ago brought world attention to Boko Haram's deadly rampage in northern Nigeria.

"The president made a promise that he will educate them", he said, adding that parents of the girls were anxious about having to pay for their schooling if it was not covered by the state. I was in government when this happened.

He also disclosed that most of the girls released were not from Chibok town but villages scattered around the area.

Thousands of women and young girls have been abducted in the eight-year insurgency, which has left at least 20,000 people dead and displaced more than 2.6 million.

Holt said that his government had gone from the place of, "not being on the same page with Nigeria, to a place where we see things very much in the same terms".

The minister thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his serious commitment towards the recovery of the girls.

But families remain in Chibok, some 900 kilometers (559 miles) from the capital, Abuja. Writing in the New York Times, Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani said: "The campaign made them famous and, as a result, precious to the jihadists".

"The large number of persons present at this rally today is proof that we are all elated at the joy of freedom for the latest batch of Chibok girls to be freed from captivity".

Mr Shehu said authorities were working to check their identities so they can be reunited with their families.

Among those that congratulated the Federal Government and the girls' parents were Senate President Bukola Saraki; House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara; former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar; All Progressives Congress, APC; Bring Back Our Girls group, BBOG; Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF; and President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies Mrs Laura Boldrini, who was visiting Nigeria.

"It is better to send them to school", said Goni Mutar, father of Asabe Goni, one of the girls released in October.

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