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The schoolgirls who were abducted Boko Haram were taken to meet the president hours after being returned to the town of Dapchi this week

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Leah Sharibu refused to accept Islam, resisting the entreaties of her classmates to pretend to do so, her parents learned from snatched conversation with her friends.

The schoolgirls kidnapped by the Boko Haram jihadist group in Dapchi, northeastern Nigeria, have been reunited with their families on Sunday, an AFP journalist saw. Earlier this week, Boko Haram returned almost all of the girls, with the exception of five who died along the way to Dapchi, and Leah.

Yana Galang was visiting Dapchi in northeast Nigeria to offer condolences to parents whose daughters were kidnapped by Boko Haram when people started to shout with excitement.

It was the biggest mass abduction since more than 270 girls were taken from the town of Chibok in 2014.

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Many residents fled the town on Saturday after they heard that Boko Haram was returning with Sharibu. So they said she would not come with us and she should go and sit back down with three other girls they had there.

Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has said the abducted Dapchi schoolgirl still in captive, Leah Sharibu, will be freed today.

The President made this statement while receiving 105 schoolgirls and two primary school pupils from Dapchi, Yobe State, at the presidential Villa, Abuja on Friday.

The girls were not all kept at one place, he said, complicating the situation. He said talks are continuing for the release of those who are still missing.

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When the Dapchi girls were Wednesday morning, the militants stayed to preach to the community for about 20 minutes. How can the government be talking about Boko Haram and morality?

As he prayed daily for her safe return, he knew all too well she could be forced into sex slavery, conscripted as a suicide bomber, or simply never seen again.

Ike-Ene said that the incident was a lesson to everyone, urging the government to strengthen the security apparatus of the country to prevent similar abduction of pupils in future. After all, if their children were still missing almost four years later, despite the global #bringbackourgirls campaign, what.

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