Buhari Off to London on Another Medical Trip

Frederick Owens
May 9, 2017

The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Swiss government helped to negotiate the girls' release on both occasions.

"Let me reassure Nigerians, especially relatives and friends of the remaining girls that the Federal Government will spare no effort to see that they and all other Nigerians who have been abducted safely regain their freedom".

"None, however, trounces the sanctity attached to human life and the consideration for the pains of the loved ones of those involved, " he said.

Lastly, the education of these girls must continue for as far as they want to.

President Buhari had travelled to London in January for a similar check up.

It said that it did not think that exchanging the innocent girls for hardened criminals like the terrorists was the right approach.

Only the Nigerian Television Authority and the president's photographer were allowed to cover the reception, which lasted 40 minutes.

Neither the Nigerian president nor Boko Haram, which has links to the Islamic State extremist group, gave details on the exchange.

The release of 82 Chibok girls has led to joy in some quarters of Nigeria and snickers in other areas. "We're so relieved in this case that families can be reunited".

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She said government should do its best to see that the 82 freed girls were given full rehabilitation so that they can be reintegrated into the society.

Earlier on Sunday, he was pictured sitting in an armchair at his residence, dressed in white traditional robes, looking painfully gaunt, surrounded by 82 recently released Chibok schoolgirls. Girls who escaped said some of their classmates had died from illness.

"They will face a long and hard process to rebuild their lives after the indescribable horror and trauma they have suffered at the hands of Boko Haram", said Pernille Ironside, acting representative of UNICEF Nigeria.

The president said the schoolgirls were freed in exchange for detained suspected extremists in the largest negotiated release so far of the almost 300 girls whose mass abduction in 2014 highlighted the threat of Nigeria's homegrown extremist fighters who are linked to the Islamic State group.

Saturday's release is the largest since Boko Haram seized 276 Chibok girls in a mass abduction three years ago.

Mogherini said EU's thoughts were with the girls as they rebuild their lives.

Mogherini said the Nigerian government must ensure that the perpetrators of this heinous act are brought to justice. The rumours that the 21 girls released in December are still yet to be released to their families and that they have essentially become prisoners of the state must be immediately addressed.

Adesina said Buhari would have left earlier on Sunday but wanted to meet the students, who were kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists in northeast Nigeria in April 2014, causing worldwide outrage.

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