UN Secretary-General welcomes Chibok girls release


Some of the released girls

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The Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) welcomes the reported release of 21 Chibok school girls, following more than two years of captivity.

According to the Secretary-General in a statement, he remains deeply concerned about the safety and well-being of the remaining schoolgirls and other victims of abduction by Boko Haram, who are still in captivity.

The Secretary-General urges the international community to continue supporting the government of Nigeria in its efforts to secure their release, rehabilitation and reintegration.

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He called for increased efforts to ensure additional humanitarian access in the North-East of Nigeria, and reiterates the continued commitment of the United Nations in this regard.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, in his capacity as High Representative for Nigeria, continues to engage with the Nigerian authorities and international partners on this matter.

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