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Tinubu calls for special care for released Chibok schoolgirls

11 May 2017

The 82 captives wait to be released in exchange for several militant commanders, near Kumshe, Nigeria on Saturday.

The Nigerian army says it will not relent in its effort to secure the release of the remaining Chibok schoolgirls and other Nigerians in Boko Haram captivity.

More than three years ago, 276 schoolgirls were abducted from their school in Chibok, Nigeria, by Boko Haram, a militant group that pledges allegiance to ISIS.

One of the freed girls brought her infant son, according to a military official.

If the treatment of the 21 girls released last October, and the few who escaped, is a guide, the young women will go through a process of re-integration or rehabilitation.

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"Islam bars its followers from causing any harm to women and children", the statement quoted him as telling the militants.

The Senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district, Shehu Sani yesterday allayed fears on the remaining Chibok girls held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists.

Instead, they have been kept in government-run facilities in the capital Abuja, where they have taken lessons and have received counselling. This was the largest release negotiated by the Nigerian government.

He also urged the global community to continue supporting the government of Nigeria in its efforts to ensure the release, rehabilitation, and reintegration of all Boko Haram victims. Even former First Lady Michele Obama took part, tweeting a picture of herself holding a placard that read #BringBackOurGirls.

"The girls must come out, whether they like it or not; they should force them out, just as they were forced in, they should be forced out".

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Though it is uncertain how many have been kidnapped, Amnesty International has documented at least 41 cases of mass abductions by Boko Haram since the beginning of 2014. "I will be in Nigeria to greet the parents, to greet the girls who have been released and to be there and let them know the United States Congress is standing with them". They would most likely have to deal with a lot of trauma and psychological issues if they are released.

She was accompanied by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, and the Minister of Women's Affairs, Jummai Alhassan. The UN's children agency (UNICEF) also vowed to help the girls reunite with their families and continue their education in a safe environment.

May 2015: New President Muhammadu Buhari is sworn in, pledging to tackle Boko Haram "head-on".

The government has been caring for 24 previously released girls and four babies, Alhassan said. The release or discovery of 106 girls is a major political triumph for his government.

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