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UN lauds Nigeria over release of Chibok girls


Global body restates call for greater support for North East rehabilitation

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By Ada Anioji


The United Nations, UN has lauded Nigeria over last weekend’s release of 82 of the abducted Chibok Girls following reported negotiations between mediators of the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Boko Haram sect.

In a statement from the organisation and signed by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General the global body, the UN said:

‘We welcome the release of an additional 82 of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted by the Boko Haram insurgent group in April 2014.

We remain deeply concerned about the safety and wellbeing of the schoolgirls and other victims still in captivity.

We appeal to all Nigerians, including the families and local communities of the liberated girls, to fully embrace them and provide all necessary support to ensure their reintegration 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.’

The group also used the occassion of the statement to renew its call for greater attention and support for the worsening humanitarian crisis in the North East of Nigeria where millions of people remain at risk.

‘We also call for the provision of urgent financial support to prevent the worsening of the food security situation in the northeast of Nigeria and other parts of the Lake Chad Basin, and reiterate the continued commitment of the United Nations in this regard,’ the statement outlined.

Over a hundred of the girls, who were abducted while sitting for their final secondary schools examinations in 2014 remain missing.




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