Some residents of Yola, Adamawa, have expressed delight at the release of 21 Chibok girls by their abductors.
The residents said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the development would boost government efforts to secure the release of the rest of the schoolgirls.
The state Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Malam Ahmad Sajoh, lauded the development and called for more action to secure the release of the remaining Chibok girls and others abducted by the insurgents.
“I also want to advise on the need for more synergy among the security agencies.
“We are waiting for a more detailed report on the development to know the true position of things,” Sajoh said.
Hanatu Adamu, a market woman, who described the development as “exciting”, said she was happy for the girls’ parents and the people of Chibok.
“It is a sign that things will be better. May Almighty God help us to secure the release of the rest of the abducted girls,” Adamu said.
Sanusi Gambo, Janet Zira, Musa Buba and Lami Mohammed, students of Adamawa Polytechnic, also expressed joy at the development.
They described the development as “a big relief for all Nigerians and the world in view of the international dimension the Chibok girls issue has assumed’’.
“The world must now take Nigeria serious and support her as President Buhari requested, in securing the release of all those abducted as well as ending the insurgency,” the students said.
NAN reports that the Presidency on Thursday confirmed the release of the schoolgirls by their abductors.
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media, announced the release on his twitter handle.
Shehu said the released girls were in the custody of the Department of Security Services (DSS).
He said the Director-General of DSS, Malam Lawal Daura, had briefed Buhari on the development.