God Brought You Back, Aisha Buhari Tells Freed Chibok Girls

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A man carrying a Boko Haram flag walks past a group of 82 Chibok girls, who were held captive for three years by Islamist militants, as the girls wait to be released in exchange for several militant commanders, near Kumshe, Nigeria, May 6, 2017.

"Parents' involvement is crucial", said Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode, a leader of Bring Back Our Girls and head of the Murtala Muhammad Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting the parents of the abducted girls.

"We have still not been contacted; parents have still not been contacted".

"I'm very anxious to meet her so I can celebrate with her and others that were freed, and also to pray for the remaining ones who are still missing so they can be rescued", Ishaya told The Associated Press.

A list of the girls' names was published on Sunday evening and photographs of them have been sent to Chibok and the surrounding area for cross-checking.

A daycare centre within the facility is also seeing to the welfare of the kids born to 4 of the 21 Chibok girls released after the first round of successful negotiations with Boko Haram in October 2016.

Alhassan said the government will continue to seek expert advice on the girls' psychological state.

Ms Alhassan said they were still working with parents to identity the 82 girls released on Saturday.

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Girls who escaped Boko Haram shortly after the 2014 mass kidnapping said some of their classmates had died from illness.

Mrs Buhari also advised the girls to let go of the past and acquire skills to be self-reliant for the future. Shehu said that "one [of the girls] said: 'No, I'm happy where I am".

She added that photos of the 82 girls have been sent to families in Chibok for identification even as she added that families were now meeting to identify their daughters.

"We'll do it again if needed", she said in comments tweeted by Nigeria's government.

We must not hesitate to caution those who seek to politicise everything in the land that whatever goes around, comes around, and above all, to note life is sacrosanct and that nothing supersedes it.

"We have been praying for the release of these girls and any other person adducted". Will the PDP rather have the girls stay in perpetual captivity, just to prove a ludicrous point?

Nigeria's government has come under fire for the length of time it has taken to reunite the former hostages with their families.

"(Given) our long historical independent neutral stance, it's common for us to be the middle man in hostage releases", said Jason Straziuso, spokesman for ICRC for East Africa.

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