The BringBackOurGirls movement has hailed the release of 21 of the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls that were abducted in 2014 by Boko Haram, describing it as a wonderful development.
The group, in a statement by two of its coordinators – Aisha Yesufu and a former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, said the “negotiated release” of the 21 girls supported its view that the government could rescue the schoolgirls.
“This wonderful development confirms what we have always known about the capacity of our goverment to rescue our #ChibokGirls,” the BBOG said.
The group, which commended that government and all those that played a role in securing the release of the girls, called for focus and more efforts to ensure the rest of the girls are release.
It said, “While awaiting further details, we take this opportunity to salute the work of our security services at the front lines – the commitment, resilience and tireless efforts of our members of the Multi-national Joint Task Force and the civilian JTF.
“We also thank the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Swiss government and all negotiators involved in securing the release.
“Following this development, we trust that our government will continue to work to keep the safety, security, and well-being of the other girls a high priority.
“We further urge the international community to continue to support our government’s effort to rescue all other abducted Nigerians, so that parents, the Chibok community, the nation, and the world can finally put an end to this nightmare once and for all.”Punch