Nigeria presidency releases names of 82 freed Chibok girls

The girls were flown to Abuja on Saturday after their release in exchange for five Boko Haram commanders, a government official said Sunday.

Following the weekend release, 113 Chibok schoolgirls remain missing. At the meeting, the president welcomed the girls in the capital city of Abuja and said: "I can not express in a few words how happy I am to welcome our dear girls back to freedom".

"Don't forget that all the girls are not held by one faction of Boko Haram; so it depends on the faction holding them, and how well or how badly they treated them".

Boko Haram, which past year pledged loyalty to Islamic State, has kidnapped hundreds of men, women and children in its campaign to carve out a medieval Islamist caliphate.

Presidential aide Bashir Ahmad tweeted a photograph of the girls, most of whom were sitting on the floor of Buhari's official residence, as the president sat in an armchair dressed in white traditional robes.

ICRC had played a similar role a year ago October, when Nigeria got the first batch of 21 Chibok girls released.

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In a statement late on Saturday night, the Nigerian government thanked Switzerland and the International Committee of the Red Cross for helping to release the girls after "lengthy negotiations".

The group representing the families of the girls said they were awaiting direct confirmation from the government.

Are they back at home?

. 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.

This brings to 103 the girls already freed by the Boko Haram militants. And the recovery process is expected to be a long one for the girls.

Buhari's spokesman Femi Adesina said: "The president has said that as numerous girls are alive; his administration will strive to get them back". In this photo released by the Nigeria State House, Chibok school girls recently freed from Nigeria Extremist captivity wait to meet with Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential palace in. "None, however, trounces the sanctity attached to human life and the consideration for the pains of the loved ones of those involved".

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