Aisha Buhari meets 82 Chibok school girls in Abuja

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Released Friday, May 5, 2017, after three years in captivity, 82 Chibok schoolgirls, aged 16 to 18, were freed after negotiations and a controversial swap between internationally labeled "terrorist" group Boko Haram and the Nigerian government.

Mrs. Alhassan, the Women's Affairs minister, said that the girls would be reintegrated back to the society after they had undergone psycho-therapy.

The mass abduction of almost 300 schoolgirls from a boarding school three years ago brought world attention to Boko Haram's deadly rampage in northern Nigeria.

On Saturday, 82 girls were released in exchange for members of the jihadist group that has killed 15,000 people since 2009 in an insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic caliphate in the northeast.

Those that were released on Saturday will be also be admitted to the vocational centre, where they will get skills training. "We want to assure Nigerians that the army and the Nigerian government won't relent until this battle is won", Usman said.

The wife of the president expressed gratitude to relevant agencies involved in the release of the girls.

He said that if the government pursues issues of corruption in Nigeria with the same resolve with which it has pursued and negotiated the release of the 82 Chibok girls, corruption will be a thing of the past in Nigeria.

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Alhassan said the recently-released 82 would be reunited at another facility in the capital with 24 of their classmates who were released or found previous year. We've allowed her to go, she'll be back in 2 weeks. A small number of the schoolgirls managed to escape on their own.

Ms Alhassan said girls at the centre had been receiving psychological care and were not "having nightmares anymore".

"The other girls released earlier have been undergoing some teachings in Biology, Civic Education, English, Mathematics and Geography pending the time they will resume school".

A group of United Nations human rights experts on Tuesday called on Nigeria's government to ensure the girls' rehabilitation and reintegration, saying release was only a first step in their recovery.

He said, "The large number of persons present at this rally today is proof that we are all elated at the joy of freedom for the latest batch of Chibok Girls to be freed from captivity".

Alhassan said there was need to help the girls forget the trauma they experienced from the bush.

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