By Sulaiman Shuaib
The Presidency has explained how President Muhammadu Buhari negotiated the release of 82 Chibok schoolgirls with detained Boko Haram fighters.
A statement by a presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said after the release of 21 girls last year, the president directed security agencies to ensure the release of the remaining girls.
“The President is pleased announce that negotiations to release more of the Chibok girls have born fruit with the release of 82 more girls today.
“After months of patient negotiations, our security agencies have taken back these abducted girls in exchange for some Boko Haram suspects held by the authorities.
“The girls are due tomorrow in Abuja to be received by the President.
“The President expressed his deep gratitude to security agencies, the military, the government of Switzerland, the Red Cross, local and international NGOs for the success of this operation.
“It may be recalled that when the first batch of 21 Girls were released in October last year,the President directed the security agencies to continue in earnest until all the Chibok Girls have been released and reunited with their families.
“The President has been receiving full reports from the Director-General of the State Security Services at each stage of the operation,” said the statement.