Buhari receives freed 82 Chibok girls, goes for medical check-up

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday evening received the latest batch of 82 Chibok school girls, who were abducted by the Boko Haram insurgent group about three years ago.

President Muhammadu Buhari goes to London for medical checkup.

President Muhammadu Buhari goes to London for medical checkup.

This is just as he prepares to travel London Sunday night for medical check-up.

The Renaissance reports that the girls arrived the Presidential Villa accompanied by the Minister of women Affairs and Social Development, Sen. A’isha Jummai Alhassan, for a formal reception by President Buhari.

Buhari tweeted on his personal Twitter handle in Abuja that he had received the girls, he described as “our daughters”.

He reiterated his administration’s commitment to do everything within its power to ensure safe return of the schoolgirls .

“This evening I received 82 of our daughters, who have just regained their freedom after three years in Boko Haram captivity.

“We’ve always made it clear that we will do everything in our power to ensure the freedom and safe return of our daughters, and of all Boko Haram captives.

“I’d like to assure all Nigerians that there is no cause for worry. I appreciate your prayers and kind wishes. May God continue to bless Nigeria,” the President tweeted.

Also in his remarks while receiving the girls, which was posted on his Facebook page, President Buhari described the release of the girls in  the second batch as “a pleasant second anniversary gift to the people of Nigeria”.

He said he could not express in a few words, how happy he was to welcome the girls back to freedom.

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“On behalf of all Nigerians, I’d like to share my joy with you, your parents, your relatives, friends and Government of Borno State on regaining your freedom.

“The Federal Government would 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.

President Muhammadu Buhari addressing the  82 Chibok girls at Presidential villa, Abuja on Sunday

President Muhammadu Buhari addressing the 82 Chibok girls at Presidential villa, Abuja on Sunday

“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,” Buhari said.

 

Meanwhile, the president say he would travel to London this night to see his doctor.

Buhari gave the hint on his personal Twitter handle on Sunday evening.

“Tonight I leave for London, to see my doctors.

“When I came back in March, I hinted that there might be a need to return soon, for a follow-up.

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“I have sent the required letters regarding my trip to and , in line with Section 145(1) of the 1999 Constitution.

“Vice President will take charge in my absence. Government will continue to function smoothly and efficiently,” Buhari tweeted.

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