The Presidency has confirmed the release of 21 of the over 200 abducted Chibok schoolgirls.
In a statement issued by senior special assistant to the President Mallam Garba Shehu, the girls were released based on negotiations between the Federal Government and Boko Haram.
The statement read, “It is confirmed that 21 of the missing Chibok Girls have been released and are in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS.
“The Director-General, Malam Lawal Daura just finished briefing President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The release of the girls, in a limited number is the outcome of negotiations between the administration and the Boko Haram brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government. The negotiations will continue.
“The President welcomes the release of the girls but cautioned Nigerians to be mindful of the fact that more than 30,000 fellow citizens were killed via terrorism.
“Malam Lawal wants the girls to have some rest, with all of them very tired coming out of the process before he hands them over to the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo. The President takes off shortly on a trip to Germany for a state visit.
“The names of the released girls follows shortly .”