Buhari jets out for medical follow-up, no timeline for return

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The Federal Government says the incautious statement by a faction of PDP criticising the process leading to the release of the 82 Chibok girls further exhibits the party's disdain for human life.

The President's aide while speaking on Channels Television's breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, monitored by Nigerian Bulletin on Monday noted that the girls had been spruced up before they arrived at the Villa at 7:00 pm.

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Sunday (today) night jet out to London for follow-up medical consultation with his doctors.

"They develop Stockholm syndrome, identify with captors and want to remain", said Akilu, who has run deradicalisation programs for Boko Haram militants and women abducted by them.

It said that it did not think that exchanging the innocent girls for hardened criminals like the terrorists was the right approach.

She said government should do its best to see that the 82 freed girls were given full rehabilitation so that they can be reintegrated into the society.

A Nigerian government official, who declined to be identified, said the 82 girls had been set at liberty in exchange for five Boko Haram commanders.

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Buhari late previous year announced Boko Haram had been "crushed", but the group continues to carry out attacks in northern Nigeria and neighboring countries.

Yet mediator and lawyer Zannah Mustapha said some of the abducted girls had refused to go home, fuelling fears that they have been radicalised by the jihadists, and may feel afraid, ashamed or even too powerful to return to their old lives.

What is, however, of great concern is the price paid to secure the release of the girls. The rumours that the 21 girls released in December are still yet to be released to their families and that they have essentially become prisoners of the state must be immediately addressed.

His role as a mediator dates back to 2007, when he founded the Future Prowess primary school in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state. Now 113 of the girls remain unaccounted for.

Others stayed at their homes in north-eastern Nigeria, waiting to see if their daughters were released after the mass abduction from a Chibok boarding school in 2014.

The 82 released in May were sent to a secret location in Abuja after meeting the president.

As news of the latest release broke, long-suffering family members said they are eagerly awaiting a list of names and their "hopes and expectations are high".

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