President Buhari hosts released #DapchiGirls in Abuja

Aishat Alhaji, one of the kidnapped girls from the Government Girls Science and Technical College Dapchi who was freed

"They told her to convert to Muslim and she told them that she would not convert to Muslim, hence she's the only Christian among them", Leah's father, Nathan Sharibu, told VOA.

The girls, wearing hijabs, were served a meal and posed for a photograph with President Muhammadu Buhari, who promised his government would beef up security around vulnerable schools.

Of the 111 schoolgirls abducted from the Government Girls' Science Technical College in Dapchi on February 19, 105 have been released.

The mass abduction from the girls' school was an apparent copycat of the 2014 abduction of 270 girls from the town of Chibok.

They were brought back by members of the Boko Haram jihadist group in nine trucks.

The 2019 Oyo governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said, "It is curious to note that the abductors of the girls returned them the same way they were taken away with no security network to check the movement".

While some of the Chibok girls have been freed in exchange for ransom and the release of top Boko Haram commanders, a total of 112 remain in captivity.

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"We are never in doubt about our focus and direction since the assumption of this administration - security, anti-corruption and revamping of our economy are the main focus of our government", President Buhari avowed.

"Unknown to many, we have been in wider cessation-of-hostility talks with the insurgents for some time now", said Mohammed.

They were released by Boko Haram militants this week.

"The insurgents' only condition was their demands for cessation of hostilities and temporary ceasefire to enable them to return the girls at the point they picked", said Daura, who was involved in the negotiations.

He said that no stone was left unturned to secure the prompt release of the girls.

The recently released schoolgirls are back in Dapchi to reunite with their family.

The sources said the Shekau faction is less amenable to peace talks, which is fairly obvious, but a settlement with one faction would reduce attacks on soft targets and give the military more chance to apply further pressure on Shekau. One more girl, Leah Sharibu was not released.

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