The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has expressed delight over the release of 21 Chibok girls,who have been in the captivity of Boko Haram insurgents.
This was contained in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP by the commission in Abuja, yesterday.
It recalled that the 21 girls are among the 276 girls that the Boko Haram terrorists abducted from their hostel in Chibok, Borno State, on April 14,2014.
In the statement, the commission said, “ECOWAS Commission felicitates with the federal government and people of Nigeria, especially with the affected families and commends the efforts of the Nigerian military, the Multi-National Joint Taskforce (MNJTF),as well as the international partners, in the fight against insurgency in the north east Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin region.”
The Commission also stated that it acknowledge the magnanimous role played by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Swiss government who brokered the deal with Boko Haram that led to the release of the 21 Chibok school girls.
The ECOWAS Commission, however, called for sustained dialogue and negotiation for the release of other captives under the control of the Boko Haram and a halt to all violence, abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law that are undermining peace and stability in the Lake Chad region.