It looks like Nigeria is about to get the help it needs in order to find the missing 276 school girls who were abducted from the Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State last month. The mass abduction has sparked international outrage and urgent demands that Nigeria do more to free the girls. President Goodluck Jonathan has been under international pressure to step up efforts to rescue the girls, who have become the focal point for a global campaign that began on social media and quickly spread to street demonstrations.
“The President and the government is not taking this as easy as people all over the world think,” Doyin Okupe, a spokesman for Nigeria’s President, told CNN. “We’ve done a lot but we are not talking about it. We’re not Americans. We’re not showing people, you know, but it does not mean that we are not doing something.”
Nigeria defended its response to the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls by Boko Haram, even as details emerged today about a second mass abduction, adding to a growing global outcry over the fate of the children.
The AP is reporting that the United States is sending technical experts, which includes U.S. military and law enforcement personnel capable of sharing their skills on intelligence, investigations, hostage negotiating, information sharing and victim assistance, as well as officials with other expertise to aid the Nigerian government’s search teenage girls who were kidnapped and said to have been sold off to Boko Haram members are child brides for $12.
“Time is of the essence,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney. Carney also said that the U.S. has no intentions of sending armed forces. But I’m wondering–if the “technical experts” team includes military and law enforcement, will they not have their guns?
Although the U.S. is committed to assisting Nigeria, Carney stressed that it is the Nigerian government’s responsibility to keep its citizens safe and secure. However, from the looks of Nigeria’s violent history, the military hasn’t been able to do much to keep their citizens safe. Boko Haram has killed some 5,000 Nigerian men, women and children since they were established in 2009. In the the first few months of this year, they have already killed 1,500 people. I know I wouldn’t feel safe in Nigeria with those odds against me.
President Obama met with Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the mass abduction earlier today and Kerry reiterated the offer of U.S. assistance during a conversation with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, who welcomed it. “The president was very happy to receive this offer and ready to move on it immediately,” Kerry told reporters at a State Department news conference with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. “We are immediately engaging in order to implement this. We remain deeply concerned about the welfare of these young girls.”
Let’s hope this is the push that will free those little girls.
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