The news reaching us now, suggest that some of the Boko Haram abducted girls and women, including lecturers of University Of Maiduguri have regained their freedom. The President made this announcement few minutes ago, on his twitter handle @mbuhari. This is coming after the Federal government through the minister of Information Lai Muhammed gave the total figure of missing Dapchi girls at 110, out of the total number of those that reported to school on that faithful day.
This is clearly a good news for Nigerians and the parents of these children, as they were received by the President himself, at the Villa.
The President after receiving the girls, wrote this on his twitter handle:
I can’t fully express the joy I felt I this afternoon, as I received our citizens recently released from Boko Haram captivity—fathers, mothers, sons, daughters. We will go to any length to ensure that no one is left behind in the hands of terrorists. Every Nigerian life matters!
There were the University of Maiduguri lecturers, abducted while on service to their fatherland, and also the women abducted from a funeral procession. Today they are safely back home, and Nigeria rejoices with them and with their families.
They told me that they had given up all hope of ever coming back alive. I assured them that we will never give up on any of our citizens. I have asked the security agencies to ensure that every abducted person—including the Dapchi girls—is safely released.
As at the time of this report, it was not clear which of the girls were released, if it was Dapchi or Chibok girls…more of this to come…