Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Nigeria negotiating with Boko Haram for more Chibok releases

Nigeria negotiating with Boko Haram for more Chibok releases

Nigeria's government exchanged them for five detained Boko Haram commanders, according to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to speak to reporters on the matter. "We want to assure Nigerians that the army and the Nigerian government won't relent until this battle is won", Usman said.

Elizabeth Pearson, a Boko Haram expert, said the case of the Chibok girl who refused to leave was "likely to be quite prevalent".

None of the 21 girls who were released in October have been able to move back home, and almost seven months later they are still being held on a military re-integration programme.

Campaigners observe a minute silent for the remaining Kidnapped schools during their daily sit outs in Abuja, Nigeria.

Holt, who expressed his government's joy at the release of 82 more Chibok girls at the weekend, said that the girls were among thousands of victims of Boko Haram.

Before their release on Saturday, 195 girls remained captive, while 113 were unaccounted for.

Chairman, Chibok community in Abuja, Mr Hosea Tsambido, told journalists the community would never accept such a claim because the government could use it as an excuse to give up on the rescue of the other girls. FILE- In this Monday May.

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The release of the 82 girls followed negotiations led by the Nigerian government; the Swiss government also participated, while the Red Cross provided transportation for the freed girls.

"The release of 82 of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls by the armed group Boko Haram is a big relief", reads the Amnesty International statement.

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

Finally, some more of the Chibok schoolgirls are coming home.

Nigeria's government has said the first group of 21 Chibok girls has been receiving medical attention, trauma counseling and rehabilitation.

"The parents of the #Chibokgirls are free to visit them at any time". The 21 girls freed previous year are under the federal government but Governor Shettima said these girls are his daughters, they are citizens of Borno and as such he was still going to be making contributions so that whatever we planned as federal government could be improved upon and he has been supporting us.

"Those saying we are not allowing them access are not the direct parents of the girls; we can not bring anybody to see them apart from their biological parents, allowing visitors everyday will not allow them to heal fast".

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