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ANEEJ lauds FG over release of 82 Chibok girls

12 May 2017

She also said that the government made provision for skill acquisition for the girls to enable them earn a decent living. He promised to continue to work for the release of the remaining girls.

In a statement by its executive director, Rev. David Ugolor, ANEEJ said that the unrelenting effort of the Buhari government to secure the release of the girls is worthy of commendation, especially at a time when all hope for the safe return of the girls seemed lost.

Officials have revealed that the 82 girls freed by Boko Haram on Saturday after being held captive for three years are still waiting to be reunited with their families, while all the girls found last year will be heading back to school in September.

We are appalled by negative comments from some quarters about the circumstances surrounding the release of the 82.

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The Federal government has denied reports alleging that parents of released 82 Chibok girls were not allowed to see them.

"Their psychological state is better than when these ones [the 21] came, so I believe between now and September these other ones should be able to stabilise and we will be able to take all of them to school in September", Alhassan was quoted as saying by the BBC.

Chibok schoolgirls, recently freed from Nigeria extremist captivity, are photographed in Abuja, Nigeria, Monday May 8, 2017. Thousands have been kidnapped or killed in the group's eight-year insurgency, with millions driven from their homes.

Responding on behalf of her colleagues, Rhoda Chibok, thanked the federal government for ensuring their safe return and appealed for the rescue of all Nigerians held in captivity by the insurgents. "Now he doesn't know where she is and he is not allowed to go and see her", Yesufu told CNN.

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During the commemoration of May Day barely a week ago, like in the previous years, we had noted that "the victory over Boko Haram can not be complete without the rescue unharmed of the girls".

She added that photos of the 82 girls have been sent to families in Chibok for identification even as she added that families were now meeting to identify their daughters.

When he received the girls, President Buhari said it was his government's second anniversary gift to Nigeria. Aisha Alhassan, said this at a media briefing in Abuja.

In speaking to the girls the first lady said their education is of great importance.

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Alhassan says they are undergoing medical screening for a couple of weeks and that some have needed surgery.

ANEEJ lauds FG over release of 82 Chibok girls