Of the 270 Chibok schoolgirls that were kidnapped in 2014 by Boko Haram, 21 have been freed, states the spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, as reported by the BBC. Spokesman Garba Shehu has stated that their release was “the outcome of negotiations between the administration and Islamist militants”. Security officials alleged that many militants were freed as a result of this negotiation, however the government has said that this is false.
The seizing of the Chibok girls has caused a “global outcry”. The Swiss government and the International Committee of The Red Cross served as mediators for the negotiations. Mr Shehu said that negotiations continue, while President Buhari has stated that the government is confident that the remaining girls will eventually be released.