President Muhammadu Buhari, this evening met with the 82 Chibok girls released from the custody of the terrorists group, Boko Haram, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, expressing great joy.
The president was billed to travel to London for medical consultation with his physicians early in the day, but had to stay back to meet the freed girls.
According to a statement from the Presidential Villa’s media department and confirmed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, to The Next Edition, the president expressed great delight.
The president said the release of the girls was a pleasant second anniversary gift to the people of Nigeria.
The president who said he shared his joy with the girls, their parents, relatives, friends and government of Borno State thanked all those involved in the release process.
His words: “The Federal Government will like to commend the Security Agencies, the Red Cross, local authorities, local and foreign NGOs and all those who contributed in one way or another to secure the release of our Chibok Girls.
“Let me reassure Nigerians, especially relatives and friends of the remaining girls that the Federal Government will spare no effort to see that they and all other Nigerians who have been abducted safely regain their freedom.
“Finally, I am very pleased to have personally met you and let me assure you that the Presidency will personally supervise the performance of those entrusted with your welfare and commitments made by the Federal Government on your health, education, security and general well-being.
“No human being should go through this kind of ordeal. The security agencies and state governments should continue to provide special protection to educational institutions vulnerable to this kind of outrage especially in remote areas.
“This administration is resolutely determined to safeguard the security of all Nigerians at all times.
“Once again, I congratulate you and your parents on your safe return”.