It was another joyful day to parents and people of Dapchi community in Yobe state yesterday as the federal government reunited them with their missing daughters after 31 days of hostage by the Boko Haram insurgents. "We urge the leadership and members of the group to re-examine its ideological base", Muslim Rights Concern said, according to Crux.
It would be recalled that one of the freed girls, Khadija Grema told newsmen that one girl was left behind because she refused to denounce her faith.
While addressing the girls, President Buhari had asked them to pursue their dreams fearlessly, insisted that Leah would be returned but made no mention of the girls who reportedly died during the kidnap.
Idris said he cancelled a visit to Dapchi to avoid any "security hitch" in the town before Leah's arrival, without providing further details.
The Nigerian government has again revised the list of Dapchi schoolgirls released by Boko Haram last Wednesday.
But reacting, the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Jimoh Moshood, in a statement on Sunday, regretted that some media reports misconstrued the statement credited to the nation's police boss partly because residents of the area anxiously awaited the safe return of the already released students. He also insisted that no Boko Haram prisoner was swapped in exchange for the girls.
"The military was caught off guard in Dapchi and the girls kidnapping raised questions over the government's consinstant claims of defeating the group".
On the Chibok girls, the spokesman said the group appreciated the effort of the Buhari government in rescuing the girls but demanded that all the remaining Chibok girls and other victims be released without delay.
"The town is in high spirits and full of anticipation", Goni said.
"The IGP could not also proceed to Dapchi because of same weather condition".
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. "CNNC strongly condemns this evil tendency and urges Mr. President to as a matter of urgency intervene on the immediate release of this young girl", Yammai said.
Boko Haram has repeatedly targetted schools giving a so-called Western education in the region as part of an insurgency that has killed at least 20,000 people since 2009.