“This is not a swap. This was a release which was effected because over time, we succeeded in confidence building.
“This particular release is significant because it’s just a first step in what we believe will lead to the eventual release of all our girls in custody. It is significant also because we have been able to establish more than ever before a confidence in both the leadership of Boko Haram and Nigerians.
“I am not aware of any monetary transaction,” he said.
“When you are fighting insurgency, it’s a combination of carrot and stick. The release of these girls does not mean the end to military operations. But it could mean a new phase in the conduct of the war against terror,” he said.
Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu, on Thursday, confirmed the release of the 21 Chibok girls.
He said that the release of the girls, in a limited number, is the outcome of negotiations between the Nigerian government and the Boko Haram, brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss Government.
This is a feather to the President Buhari Government.