Over 200 girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014, from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state.
The news of the release of 21 girls by the terror group, brought joy to the hearts of many Nigerians who have been calling for them to be freed.
A statement signed by the ACF National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim, said “The news from the Federal Government that 21 Chibok girls out of the 217 female students that were abducted over two years ago at Chibok Government Girls Secondary School in Borno state by the Boko Haram terrorists have been released by their abductors is a welcome and reassuring development.
“The release of the 21 girls has certainly gladdened the hearts of the affected parents, their relatives, non-governmental organizations, Nigerians and in particular the Bring Back Our Girls organization (BBOG). It would be recalled that the BBOG not only initiated and sustained the campaign but also mobilized the whole world to put pressure on the Federal Government to intensify efforts in the search for the abducted students.
“ACF has also been in the forefront of condemning the lackluster attitude of the past regime over the abduction of the Chibok girls by the Boko Haram terrorists and its consistent appeal to government to deploy all security apparatus at its disposal to search for and rescue the girls.
“ACF commends our security agencies for their professionalism in collaborating with the red cross and the Swiss government to secure the release of the Chibok girls. ACF therefore urges the security agencies to sustain this synergy and fast track the search and rescue operation in order to release the other girls still in captivity.
“ACF also urges the Federal Government to not only provide medical and rehabilitation facilities to the traumatized girls but also release them to their parents to quickly reintegrate into their community/communities.”
President Buhari has also announced that more Chibok girls will be set free by Boko Haram soon.
Meanwhile, reports say 18 out of the 21 Chibok girlswho were released, are nursing mothers.