Nigeria`s Consul-General in South Africa,

Okeke told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday that government`s move had restored hope and confidence that the remaining girls would soon regain their freedom.

“Since the release of the 21 girls was announced, I have received several calls, messages from different parts of the world commending the Federal Government. I will convey same to the government.

“Nigerians in South Africa are very happy with the development and it is our prayer that government continues in its efforts to release the remaining girls,” she said.

Okeke also called on Nigerians to support the Federal Government`s efforts in ensuring security of lives and property in the country.

The Ambassador assured that the Consul would continue to cater for the welfare of Nigerians resident in South Africa.