Pic.2. A cross-section of the 82 Chibok schoolgirls. NAN

Former President Goodluck Jonathan did not rescue any of the abducted Chibok girls as claimed by Reuben Abati, his former aide, the Chibok Parents Association has said.

Daily Trust reports that chairman of the association, Yakubu Nkeki, said the claim could only make sense if the past administration kept the supposedly rescued girls away from their parents.

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Abati had said the former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, advised Jonathan against publicising the release so as not to reveal the girls’ identities.

Reacting, Nkeki said: “Does he mean they rescued some of the Chibok girls and are keeping them somewhere? If that is what he means, then they should immediately release the girls to us.

“What we know is that the Buhari regime negotiated for and secured the release of all the girls we have with us now. Soon after their release, I was called to Abuja to identify them.

“These girls are currently at the American University of Nigeria, Yola under federal government’s full scholarship.”

Also speaking, chair of the Bring Back Our Girls strategic team, Florence Ozor said the group is not aware of such a development.

“All we know is the number of girls that have been released under Buhari administration and we are not aware of this development,” she said.

At present, 107 girls have been released with 112 still in captivity.