Nigeria– President Goodluck Jonathan met with the families of over 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in April at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday.
The Associated Press reports that there were up to 177 people in the delegation including 51 out of the 57 girls who have since escaped captivity in the hands of the militants.
11 of the parents are also reported to have died since the kidnapping due to illness and further attacks on Chibok Village by the terrorist group.
An earlier meeting scheduled for Tuesday, last week was cancelled after the parents of the girls failed to turn up leading to accusations by the government that opposition parties and activists in the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign were politicizing the issue.
The families had claimed that they had simply needed more time to gather more of the parents to meet with the President- something they’ve been clamouring for, for the past 100 days since their daughters and friends went missing.
President Jonathan agreed to meet with the group after persuasion by Pakistani Girls’ rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai visited him to discuss the plight of the girls during her three-day visit to Nigeria.
The meeting was conducted at the Presidential Villa behind closed doors in the presence of the Minister for Education Nyesom Wike, the National security adviser Sambo Dasuki and the governor of Borno state Kashim Shettima.