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82 Chibok Girls Released

 

Abuja – Nigeria’s presidency released the names of the 82 Chibok schoolgirls newly freed from Boko Haram extremists which parents anxiously scoured to see if their daughters were released three years after their capture.

 

The list was published early on Monday after Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari met with the young women before announcing he was leaving for London immediately for medical checkups as fears over his health continue.

 

Nigerians gathered in front of newsstands Monday looking at the names of freed schoolgirls in local papers.

 

Some parents of the kidnapped girls are in the capital, Abuja. Others stayed at their homes in northeastern Nigeria, waiting to see if their daughters were released after the mass abduction from a Chibok boarding school in 2014. Now they will be able to verify if they should make the journey. Following the weekend release, 113 Chibok schoolgirls remain missing.

 

President Buhari Leaves For Medical

Trip Amid Health Fears

 

President Muhammadu Buhari expressed joy on Sunday night at meeting with the 82 Chibok schoolgirls newly freed from Boko Haram extremists — then jolted the country by announcing he was leaving for London immediately for medical checkups as fears for his health continue.

 

“We’ve always made it clear that we will do everything in our power to ensure the freedom & safe return of our daughters” and all captives of Boko Haram, Buhari said on his Twitter account.

 

Minutes later, the 74-year-old president startled Africa’s most populous nation with the news of his departure. Buhari, who has missed three straight weekly Cabinet meetings, spent a month and a half in London on medical leave earlier this year and said he’d never been as sick in his life. The exact nature of his illness remained unclear.

 

Chibok Girls Swapped For 5

Boko Haram Commanders

 

Five Boko Haram commanders were released in exchange for the freedom of 82 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by the extremist group three years ago, a Nigerian government official said on Sunday, as the girls were expected to meet with the country’s president and their families.

 

The confirmation of the prisoner swap came a day after the young women were liberated. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to reporters on the matter.

 

There was no immediate comment about the exchange from the Nigerian presidency or Boko Haram, which has links to the Islamic State group. President Muhammadu Buhari’s office said Saturday that “some” Boko Haram suspects in detention had been released for the freedom of the schoolgirls, but it did not give details.

 

Chaii! Court Rejects Patience Jonathan’s Prayer To Unfreeze $15.591m Accounts

 

A  Federal High Court in Lagos, yesterday,  refused an application by former First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan, to unfreeze her accounts with $15.591 million.

 

Only you waka come! Trial judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, instead,  ordered parties to file pleadings since issues had been joined as to the ownership of the money. The court noted that all the defendants formulated different issues from that formulated by the plaintiff in the originating summons, which he said was unacceptable.

 

Adelusi Adeluyi Tasked

Health Professionals To Work In Harmony

 

Former Minister of Health and President of the Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, has urged health professionals in the country to work in harmony to tackle  issues for the good of the country.” Adelusi-Adeluyi, who lamented the current situation of the health sector, said: “the poor state of affairs is made even worse by the animosity, distrust and consequently, disharmony among  different professionals in the health sector.”

 

Adelusi-Adeluyi said that the most vital resource in the health sector was not the annual budgetary allocation from government, but the huge human resource endowment. It is only by building on its strengths which include its diversity, that the health sector can become truly primed to deliver optimal value to Nigeria.

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