Freed Chibok girls meet Nigerian leader

Boko Haram extremists have released 82 Chibok girls abducted from a boarding school in 2014.

Buhari said last month that the government was in talks to secure the release of the remaining captives.

The number of Boko Haram suspects released by authorities remains unknown.

"I can not express in a few words how happy I am to welcome our dear girls back to freedom", Buhari said in a statement, pledging that the presidency would "personally supervise" authorities charged with ensuring the girls' "health, education, security and general well-being".

According to ICRC, on its Twitter page it stated that it acted as an intermediary between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government.

Boko Haram militants have released 82 schoolgirls out of a group of more than 200 whom they kidnapped from the northeastern town of Chibok in April 2014 in exchange for prisoners, the presidency said on Saturday.

It was unclear if numerous parents in the remote northeastern town of Chibok had seen the list of names or if any would travel the almost 900 kilometers (560 miles) to the capital of Abuja to see their daughters who were abducted by the Boko Haram militant group.

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ICRC had played a similar role a year ago October, when Nigeria got the first batch of 21 Chibok girls released.

Human rights advocates also fear some of the girls have been used by Boko Haram to carry out suicide bombings as part of the group's insurgency.

"Unfortunately, when they were brought back, the Federal Government didn't give us access and we said that was okay, all we wanted was access between the girls and their parents".

"It may be recalled when the first batch of 21 girls were released in October 2016, the president directed the security agencies to continue in earnest until all the Chibok girls have been released and reunited with their families".

Some parents did not live long enough to see their daughters released, underscoring the tragedy of the saga.

The girls received a lot of coverage following their kidnapping, with the viral hashtag #BringBackOurGirls taking off, and the Nigerian government said they've been working hard since to get them home.

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