Timeline: Nigeria's kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls

24 Octobre, 2016, 01:12 | Auteur: Lynn Cook

"It is a shame that though we have 21 of them around now as mothers that they were forced into, it is shame that the fate of the rest are yet unknown".

The apex Northern socio-cultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has commended the Federal government on its relentless efforts that saw to the release of 21 chibok girls out of the 217 abducted over two years ago. The exchange rate of the naira to the dollar is unacceptable.

"This was not a swap", Nigerian Information Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed said Thursday.

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The 21 were freed before dawn Thursday in the northeastern Nigerian town of Banki, near the border with Cameroon, the first anonymous source said.

"The president in particular, has asked me to tell you, how excited he is".

As at the time of filing this report, the released girls were currently on their way to Abuja by air from the Air Force base in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

"As far I am concerned, there should not be any law restraining religion or creed as long as the adherents practice it within the ambits of the law and whoever goes outside the dictates of the be made to face the music in law but not banning the religion". "It was the Swiss government, our own officials, the DSS, intelligence and the military that were involved".

The abduction of 276 schoolgirls from their school in Chibok and the government's failure to quickly free them caused an international outcry and brought Boko Haram, Nigeria's home-grown Islamic extremist group, to the world's attention.

Fayose said Nigerians are suffering under the APC government, alleging that the current administration had taken away the rights of Nigerians.

Ezekwesili, who took to the social media to express her joy over the release of the girls, said her mood was that of weeping, a cry that is an admixture of multiple emotions. Of course, we worked with the Red Cross because we were unable to take our own medical team.

Also, the Federal Government, yesterday, dismissed reports that it swapped four high profile Boko Haram prisoners to effect the release of 21 Chibok schoolgirls. The name Boko Haram means "Western education is forbidden", or "sinful", in Nigeria's Hausa language.

"Food security is number one, they should stop fooling us; our economy must be urgently addressed because Nigerians voted for the government in power so that they can enjoy better lives".

The extremists have attacked many schools and kidnapped many thousands of girls and boys during their seven-year insurgency that has killed more than 20,000 people, according to Amnesty International.

Negotiations last year failed when Boko Haram demanded a ransom of $5.2 billion for the girls' freedom, according to a recently published authorized biography of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari by American historian John Paden.