Nigeria leader meets Chibok girls, leaves for medical trip amid health fears

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The chairman Chibok Girls Parents Association, Yakubu Nkeki said the parents were already on their ways to Abuja to meet with their daughters.

"The president was delighted to receive them, and he promised that all that is needed to be done to reintegrate them into the society will be done", adviser Femi Adesina said.

August 14, 2016: Boko Haram video says some Chibok girls are killed in airstrikes and demands release of extremists in exchange for the other girls' freedom.

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.

He said the Presidency would personally supervise the performance of those entrusted with their welfare and commitments made by the Federal Government on their health, education, security and general well-being.

NAN reports that the reception was attended by ministers, service chiefs and other government officials. The International Committee of the Red Cross, which helped negotiate the girls' release along with the Swiss government, said they would be reunited with their families soon. He emphasized that he considered all 82 of the girls to be his daughters "because majority worship in my church".

There are still 113 girls missing, of the 276 abducted in 2014.

Some relatives did not live long enough to see their daughters released.

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One of the sources close to the discussions, who do not want to be named, said President Muhammadu Buhari had directed for more action to bring the girls back home.

Though Boko Haram has abducted thousands of people during its eight-year insurgency that has spilled across Nigeria's borders, the Chibok mass kidnapping horrified the world and brought the extremist group global attention.

But the groundswell eventually waned and the Associated Press reports, numerous girls were forced into marriages with their captors and others were feared to have been forced into suicide bombing missions.

His words: "We are extremely happy to hear the news on the release of the girls; we are grateful to God for showing us this day". The extremist group released the first group of 21 Chibok girls in October.

The mass abduction shocked the world, sparking a global #Bringbackourgirls campaign supported by former USA first lady Michelle Obama and other celebrities. Human rights groups have criticized the decision to keep the girls in custody in Abuja, almost 900 kilometers (560 miles) from Chibok.

"The Boko haram leaders said as the negotiation continue, no girl will be forced to renounce "her husband" the same way they were not compelled to renounce their faith in the last three years", he said.

Nigerians gathered in front of news stands on Monday looking at the names of the freed schoolgirls in local papers.

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