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Nigeria: Buhari off to London on another medical trip

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President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to London for “medical follow-up, the length of the president’s stay away is to be determined by his “London doctors”. The recent trip occurs less than two months after the president also spent over 50 days in London on medical vacation. The president had planned to leave Sunday afternoon, but decided to tarry a bit, due to the arrival of 82 Chibok girls who arrived Abuja earlier in the day. “The President wishes to assure all Nigerians that there is no cause for worry. He is very grateful for the prayers and good wishes of the people, and hopes they would continue to pray for the peace and unity of the nation”, said president’s spokeperson. Government will continue to function normally under the leadership of the Vice President.

Nigerian officials: Boko Haram releases dozens of Chibok schoolgirls

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Eighty-two Chibok schoolgirls abducted three years ago by Boko Haram have been freed in exchange for detained suspects with the extremist group. The statement from the office of President Muhammadu Buhari was the first confirmation that his government had made a swap for the girls. After an initial release of 21 Chibok girls in October, the government denied making an exchange or paying ransom. The April 2014 abduction by Boko Haram brought the extremist group’s rampage in northern Nigeria to world attention, many of the captive girls, most of them Christians, were forced to marry their captors,It is feared that other girls were strapped with explosives and sent on missions as suicide bombers.Now 113 of the girls remain captive.The freed girls were expected to meet with Buhari on Sunday in the capital, Abuja.

Nigeria, Chibok girls: talks with Boko Haram?

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari informed media he wants to negotiate with Boko Haram to Chibok girls’ release, after their kindapping in 2014: “If there is a plausible leader who tell us where are the girls, we’ll be ready to negotiate with them without preconditions, ” he told press.

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Meanwhile, the 2015 finished with other 80 killed. Last December 28, Boko Haram attacked on mosques, markets and bus stations through several young female suicide bomber. Terrorist attacks especially happened in Borno State and followed many others occured during December.

Statistics about Boko Haram are clear. Since 2014, at least 5600 civilians were killed, while over 2000 women and girls were kidnapped: they were reduced to slavery or enlisted. And, as reported by UNICEF, over 1 million children abandoned school among Nigeria, Camerun, Chad and Niger.
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