The 21 Chibok schoolgirls released by Boko Haram have been reunited with their families.
Some have spoken about the difficult conditions they were held in during detention since being captured by the jihadist group in April 2014.
During a christian ceremony held for them in the Nigerian capital, Abuja one of the girls said they had survived for 40 days without food and narrowly escaped death at least once.
“We thank God because we do not think that we would be alive to see this day. Thank you God. Having been kidnapped we did not think that we could ever dance as we have done today. The whole world knows what we have endured. We thank God for having allowed us to see this day. We also pray to God to bring the other girls safely. “
The Nigerian Government said negotiations with Boko Haram will continue till all the girls are released.
The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed called for caution in order not to hamper the negotiations saying,“There are a lot of reckless analyzes, thoughtless comments which do not help . We still have more than 120 other children in captivity. We must therefore be careful with the comments that we make. We must not make comments which would make the life of these girls impossible. “
According to the spokesman of the Nigerian presidency, negotiations are underway for the release of at least 83 more girls.