UN welcomes Chibok girls' release, urges all be freed

2017-05-09 14:41
Some of the 82 released Chibok girls waiting before a meeting with Nigeria's President at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. (AFP)

Some of the 82 released Chibok girls waiting before a meeting with Nigeria's President at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. (AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Lagos - The United Nations on Monday welcomed the release of 82 Nigerian schoolgirls in a prisoner swap after more than three years in Boko Haram captivity and urged others be freed.

The girls, who were among more than 200 kidnapped in April 2014 from their hostels in Chibok, northeast Nigeria - met with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Sunday, a day after their release in the country's restive northeast.

"We remain deeply concerned about the safety and wellbeing of the schoolgirls and other victims still in captivity," said Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, in a statement sent to AFP in Lagos.

Dujarric called for the girls to receive the help needed to reintegrate into society.

"We also urge the international community to continue supporting the government of Nigeria in its efforts to ensure the release, rehabilitation and reintegration of all Boko Haram victims."

Dujarric also appealed for urgent financial support for millions in need of food aid in the insurgency-hit northeast and the Lake Chad Basin.

The eight-year Boko Haram insurgency has killed some 20 000 people and forced at least 2.6 million others to flee their homes.

Read more on:    un  |  boko haram  |  muhammadu buhari  |  nigeria  |  west africa  |  abductions  |  nigeria kidnappings

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.