The Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari on the release of 82 of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls from captivity.
82 of the abducted girls were on Saturday released to international negotiators who had been working in collaboration with the federal government.
Reacting in a statement on Sunday, Aisha Yesufu and Oby Ezekwesili, conveners of BBOG, while describing the release of the girls as a “heartwarming development”, reminded the federal government on the need to double up efforts to secure the release of the remaining 113 in the Boko Haram den.
The BBOG urged the federal government to see to the release of the remaining girls “and other abducted citizens of Nigeria.”
“We are exceedingly delighted by this good news that has been long awaited following last October when upon the release of our 21 #ChibokGirls, our federal government promised that; another 83 was being negotiated to be released very soon.
“We commend Mr president, the federal government and all the other partners for this heartwarming development.
“We are also glad that the statement from the presidency makes a strong commitment to rescuing the remaining 113 of our #ChibokGirls that are still captives of terrorists.
“We are eagerly looking forward to the official release of the names of the 82 girls in order to enable us as usual verify them against the #ChibokGirls list generated by the presidential Fact-finding committee on the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls (General Ibrahim Sabo Committee) report of 20 June 2014. Once we are able to do so, we shall communicate our findings to the public”, the group said.
The girls arrived Abuja on Sunday afternoon to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari. Newsmen were, however, denied access to the meeting.