Boko Haram Releases 82 Girls


Sadie Neville, Co-Editor in Chief

Following negotiations between terrorist group Boko Haram and Nigerian government officials, 82 Chibok girls were released into military custody on Sat., May 6, according to CNN.


They were transferred to the capital city, Abuja, where they received medical attention and treatment and were reunited with their families and friends.


These girls were among the 276 kidnapped from their boarding school beds in Chibok, Nigeria in Apr. 2014. Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attack shortly after.


The news of the missing 16-18 year-olds prompted a global social media movement, asking the group to #BringBackOurGirls.


Fifty-seven of those kidnapped escaped custody almost immediately following the abduction, stated CNN. One girl was found staggering out a forest months later. Boko Haram released 21 more girls in Oct. 2016, as a result of the first steps of the negotiations.


Discussions to grant freedom to the more than 100 remaining girls are expected to begin at the end of the week of May 7.


Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari tweeted Sunday, May 7, writing, “This evening, I received 82 of our daughters, who have just regained their freedom after three years in […] captivity.”


He promised at their Sunday meeting that he would oversee their rehabilitations, making sure they would be able to continue their education, reported CBS.


The negotiation between the terrorist group and Nigerian government agreed to release the 82 girls in exchange for as many as six captive commanders to Boko Haram, the New York Times stated.


Abana Ishaya, whose daughter was released on Saturday, spoke to the Associated Press, telling them, “I am very anxious to meet her so I can celebrate with her and others that were freed, and also to pray for the remaining ones who are still missing so they can be rescued.”


Another parent, Yana Galang, expressed her joy with the news, saying, “I am very, very excited with this development. I cannot even sleep tonight.”
Buhari’s chief of staff Alhaji Abba Kyari welcomed the girls to Abuja on Sunday, stating, “We are very glad that you are back, and every Nigerian today must be forgetting every other hardship, […] because this is a very joyous movement. Welcome, welcome, welcome.”