Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, earlier stated that the release was as a result of ongoing negotiations between the government and Boko Haram, brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government. This was corroborated by Lai Mohammed.
“Please note that this is not a swap, but a release. The release of these girls does not mean an end to military operations, but it is a new phase in the war against insurgency. People want to believe bad news than good news. The girls were released, there was no swap."