Buhari welcomes Red Cross to Aso Villa

President Buhari with ICRC Reg. Director Patricia Danzi, President of ICRC Mr Peter Maurer and ICRC head of delegation Karl A. Mattli

President Buhari with ICRC Reg. Director Patricia Danzi, President of ICRC Mr Peter Maurer and ICRC head of delegation Karl A. Mattli

President Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed leaders of the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, to the Presidential Villa five days after the release of 21 out of the more than 200 schoolgirls held captive by Boko Haram.

The deal to release the girls was brokered by the Red Cross.

The ICRC officials led by their President, Mr. Peter Maurer, on Monday met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

The Red Cross, with the collaboration of the Swiss government, brokered the negotiation between a faction of Boko Haram sect with the Federal government of Nigeria.

President Buhari with President of ICRC Mr Peter Maurer and Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adebayo

President Buhari with President of ICRC Mr Peter Maurer and Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adebayo

The negotiation led to the release of 21 of the abducted schoolgirls.

Government hopes that more of the girls would be released as further negotiation continues.

President Buhari with President of ICRC, Mr. Peter Maurer

President Buhari with President of ICRC, Mr. Peter Maurer

About 276 of the girls were abducted at the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State when they were sitting for their Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination.

At least 57 of the girls escaped and the remainder remained in captivity since 14the April 2016 when they were abducted.

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