Nigeria's Buhari meets released Dapchi schoolgirls

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They met with President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday after their release from captivity by Boko Haram last week. The group is waging a violent campaign in northeastern Nigeria to impose Shariah law and is against western education, especially for girls.

Amnesty International said this week that the military and police had failed to act on warnings about the Boko Haram attack on Dapchi hours before the mass abduction of the schoolgirls.

Leah Sharibu refused to accept Islam, resisting the entreaties of her classmates to pretend to do so, her parents learned from snatched conversation with her friends.

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".

In contrast to the 270 abducted Chibok schoolgirls that were abducted in 2014 but most of who were released only two and a half years later with almost 100 still unaccounted for, the Dapchi girls secured their freedom after an agonising month. How can the government be talking about Boko Haram and morality?

A statement said the government did not pay a ransom nor swap captive insurgents for the release of the schoolgirls.

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The family's cause of death wasn't immediately known, but the Creston Police Department is now awaiting autopsy results. Cousin Jana Weland told CNN that the Sharps arrived in Tulum on March 15 and were due to return on Wednesday March 21.

According to the BBC Hausa Service, security forces confirmed to the girl's father that Leah was released and was on her way to Dapchi to meet with her parents on Saturday.

The girls were released on Wednesday, after members of the outlawed group abducted them from the Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, in Yobe State on February 19.

"As I said earlier, the insurgents chose to return the girls to where they picked them from as a goodwill gesture".

"They told me five of the girls died and my daughter, who was among them, was the first to die", Garba says. One more girl, Leah Sharibu was not released.

The Dapchi kidnapping revived painful memories in Nigeria of the April 2014 abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok, a town also in the northeast, which caused global outrage.

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