Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Nigeria

8 May 2017 – We welcome the release of an additional 82 of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted by the Boko Haram insurgent group in April 2014.

We remain deeply concerned about the safety and wellbeing of the schoolgirls and other victims still in captivity.We appeal to all Nigerians, including the families and local communities of the liberated girls, to fully embrace them and provide all necessary support to ensure their reintegration into society. We also urge the international community to continue supporting the Government of Nigeria in its efforts to ensure the release, rehabilitation and reintegration of all Boko Haram victims.

We also call for the provision of urgent financial support to prevent the worsening of the food security situation in the northeast of Nigeria and other parts of the Lake Chad Basin, and reiterate the continued commitment of the United Nations in this regard.

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

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