Rescued Chibok Girls: This is a pleasant 2nd anniversary gift to Nigerians

Boko haram Chibok girls

The government denied that it paid a ransom for the girls' release and said it had freed some detained Boko Haram militants in exchange for the girls.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday vowed to help a group of 82 schoolgirls who have been freed from more than three years of Boko Haram captivity following a prisoner swap that included the release of several militant commanders. The negotiators never gave up, the negotiators will continue for the next set after the one secured are made public. Human rights groups have criticized the decision to keep the girls in custody in Abuja, almost 900 kilometers (560 miles) from Chibok. A total of 113 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram remain unaccounted for. Others stayed at their homes in northeastern Nigeria, waiting to see if their daughters were released after the mass abduction from a Chibok boarding school in 2014.

The girls released in October have been reported to be in government care in Abuja for medical attention, trauma counselling and rehabilitation, according to the government.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhar has expressed joy at meeting the 82 girls, as he shared photos of them on social media.

The Bring Back Our Girls campaign said Sunday it was happy that Nigeria's government had committed to rescuing the 113 remaining schoolgirls, and it urged the president to "earnestly pursue" the release of everyone held by Boko Haram.

Some relatives did not live to see their daughters released.

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Long-suffering family members said they were eagerly awaiting a list of names of the girls and their "hopes and expectations are high". Almost 300 schoolgirls from Chibok were abducted by Boko Haram in 2014, which brought the Islamist organisation associated with the Islamic State (ISIS) to the global fore. Numerous captive girls, majority Christians, were forced to marry their captors and give birth to children in remote forest hideouts without ever knowing if they would see their parents again.

A military and a civilian militia source in Banki, near the Nigerian border with Cameroon, said "at least 80" girls were brought to the town late afternoon on Saturday. May 2015: New President Muhammadu Buhari is sworn in, pledging to tackle Boko Haram "head-on". On Friday, the United States and Britain issued warnings that the extremist group was actively planning to kidnap foreigners in an area of Borno state "along the Kumshe-Banki axis".

The latest negotiations were again mediated by the Swiss government and the International Committee of the Red Cross, Nigeria's government said.

The 276 schoolgirls kidnapped from Chibok in 2014 are among thousands of people abducted by Boko Haram over the years.

"I can not express in a few words how happy I am to welcome our dear girls back to freedom".

December 24, 2016: Nigeria's president declares that Boko Haram has been crushed, driven from its last forest hideout.

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