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Freed Chibok girls: Amnesty International warns against 'publicity stunt'


As the world welcomes the news of the release of 82 kidnapped Chibok Girls, an international rights group has warned against a publicity stunt.

Amnesty International’s Nigeria office said on Sunday that the freed Chibok schoolgirls don’t deserve to be put through a “publicity stunt that largely doesn’t reckon with their privacy.”

This even as the released girls met Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari at 4 pm local time on Sunday.

Nigerian president’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, had this to say upon meeting the girls.

“Welcome our girls, welcome our sisters, we are happy to have you back, we are very glad that you are back and every Nigerian today must be forgetting every other hardship and suffering because this is a very joyous moment. Welcome, welcome, welcome.”

In a statement, Nigeria’s presidency said the school girls were freed in exchange for detained suspected extremists.

Out of the nearly 300 girls kidnapped 3 years ago, 113 of them remain unaccounted for.

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