Minute by Minute: How President Buhari received 82 freed Chibok girls

*President Buhari Receives Freed 82 Chibok Girls

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday met with the 82 Chibok schoolgirls that were released from Boko Haram captivity at the Presidential Villa.

The freed Chibok girls were brought in two military buses to Aso Rock, after they were earlier received in Abuja by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.

They were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents from the Government Secondary School in Chibok, a community in Borno State in April 2014.

*Buhari Meets With Freed Chibok Girls, Leaves For Medical Follow-up

A statement from a spokesman for President Buhari earlier said he will proceed to London tonight for follow-up medical consultation with his doctors.

“President Muhammadu Buhari proceeds to London tonight for follow-up medical consultation with his doctors. He 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.

“The length of the President’s stay in London will be determined by the doctors. Government will continue to function normally under the able leadership of the Vice President (Yemi Osinbajo),” the statement read.

Mr Adesina said the President has transmitted letters about the trip to the Senate and the House of Representatives, in compliance with Section 145 (1) of the 1999 Constitution.

The girls were handed over on Saturday in exchange for Boko Haram suspects after negotiations.

They were from a group of 276 abducted in north-eastern Nigeria in 2014. Before the latest release, about 195 of the girls were still missing.

The number of Boko Haram suspects released by authorities remains unknown.

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