Buhari Off to London on Another Medical Trip

Ellen Mills
May 9, 2017

It is being reported that the girls were handed over on Saturday in exchange for five Boko Haram suspects after negotiations - a deal which has been criticised by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

Photos distributed Sunday by the government showed the women in colorful T-shirts and wraps meeting Sunday with President Muhammadu Buhari before he announced he was leaving for London immediately for treatment of his own undisclosed illness.

There was no comment yet from the Nigerian presidency or Boko Haram, an extremist group linked to the Islamic State.

We cannot and should not put differing values on the lives of Nigerian citizens and the government must do all it can to have everyone that has been abducted by the terrorists released.

The campaign for the release of the almost 300 Chibok schoolgirls seized three years ago by Boko Haram says it is glad Nigeria's government is committed to freeing the 113 girls still unaccounted for.

"They will face a long and hard process to rebuild their lives after the indescribable horror and trauma they have suffered at the hands of Boko Haram".

"We will help reunite the girls with their families and make sure they can continue their education in a safe environment".

"There are factions. I'm sure when those 21 girls were released, a faction must have been pissed and they chose to strike with some ferocity after that".

UNICEF further said that greater efforts must be channeled towards bringing those still captive back EDto their families.

The girls were part of a mass abduction by Boko Haram extremists three years ago.

In a later statement, Mr. Adesina said the president has already written to the leadership of the National Assembly intimating them of the trip.

The president said the schoolgirls were freed in exchange for detained suspected extremists in the largest negotiated release so far of the almost 300 girls whose mass abduction in 2014 highlighted the threat of Nigeria's homegrown extremist fighters who are linked to the Islamic State group.

She said government should do its best to see that the 82 freed girls were given full rehabilitation so that they can be reintegrated into the society.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has explained why the 82 freed Chibok girls are looking fine and not like the first set released in October 2016. Others did not want to come home either because they'd been radicalized by their captors.

Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara expressed optimism on the release of the remaining Chibok girls.

Human rights groups have voiced fears that some of the Chibok girls may have lost their lives as suicide bombers.

The 82 released in May were sent to a secret location in Abuja after meeting the president.

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