News / Africa

Nigeria Ruling Party Condemns Boko Haram Threats

FILE - An unidentified mother cries out during a demonstration with others who have daughters among the kidnapped school girls of government secondary school Chibok, in Abuja, Nigeria.
FILE - An unidentified mother cries out during a demonstration with others who have daughters among the kidnapped school girls of government secondary school Chibok, in Abuja, Nigeria.
Peter Clottey
The spokesman for Nigeria’s ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) sharply condemned threats by Islamic militant group, Boko Haram to sell over 200 school girls the militants abducted last month.

Abdullahi Jalo says President Goodluck Jonathan’s government is doing everything possible through the security agencies to find the abducted girls, despite criticisms that the administration has failed to keep its mandate to protect civilians as stipulated in the constitution.

Boko Haram - which means western education is sacrilegious in the Hausa language - have been carrying out violent activities in parts of the country. But Jalo says the militants will fail in their quest to stop all forms of western education in the country through violence.

“They have not preached to the people what is their direction they have not said what they got the inscription of what they are doing. This [abduction] has no provision in Islam, has no provision in any civilized world. It is just wickedness, and barbaric,” said Jalo. 

He says religious leaders in the country have also condemned the abduction of the girls.

On April 14, Boko Haram militants stormed an all-girls secondary school in the village of Chibok, in Borno state, then packed the teenagers onto trucks and disappeared into a remote area along the border with Cameroon.
In a televised speech Sunday night, President Jonathan said his administration will find the girls and set them free.
But Ango Abdullahi, a leading member of the Northern Elders Forum, says the government has yet to negotiate with representatives of Boko Haram to help end the violence perpetrated by the militant group.             

“If they had, we will not be where we are now. We must be in a better place to begin to ask where it ends. But, at the moment, apparently, there is no indication as to when the end will come,” said Abdullahi.

Some Nigerians have been critical of the administration for not doing enough to secure the release of the abducted school girls despite repeated promises to do so. PDP spokesman Jalo disagreed.

“The government has [assured] that wherever these girls [are] even the president said wherever they are they should be brought back. And he reaffirmed to people that, no matter what, the government will spend its last blood, [and] last effort to see that these girls have been returned to their loved ones. Efforts are being done in searching for these girls,” said Jalo.

He says the ruling party has put pressure on the administration to continue with efforts to find the abducted girls and reunite them with their families.

Human Rights Watch says Boko Haram-related violence has killed an estimated 3,000 people since 2009, a toll that includes killings by security forces. 
Clottey interview with Abdullahi Jalo, PDP spokesman
Clottey interview with Abdullahi Jalo, PDP spokesmani
|| 0:00:00

You May Like

Video In US, Columbus Day Still Generates Controversy

Holiday marks date Columbus discovered Americas, but some are offended by legacy because he enslaved many natives he encountered More

Video Through Sports, Austria Tries to Give Migrants Traction

With 85,000 people expected to claim asylum in Austria this year, its government has made integration through joint physical activities a key objective More

Video Kickboxing Champion Shares Sport With Young Migrants

Pouring into Europe by hundreds of thousands, some migrants, especially youngsters, are finding sports a way to integrate into new host countries More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
by: Robin from: Nigeria
May 06, 2014 12:45 AM
I'm saddened by the news of the chibok abduction. I am even more saddened by the lackaidasical attitude of the govt towards the whole tale. Nig govt needs to do more than talking.

by: Omalay Bisalla from: USA
May 05, 2014 5:33 PM
The state governor of Borno and president Goodluck are not fit to lead. They need to resign and let the country elect responsible leaders. If these gifls are not found and reunited with their families as soon as possible, God should judge these two people. Is it because their children are not among the kicknapped children?

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Amnesty Accuses Saudi Coalition of ‘War Crimes’ in Yemeni
Henry Ridgwell
October 12, 2015 4:03 PM
The human rights group Amnesty International has accused the Saudi-led coalition of war crimes in airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Henry Ridgwell reports the group says hundreds of civilians have been killed in strikes on residential areas.

Video Amnesty Accuses Saudi Coalition of ‘War Crimes’ in Yemen

The human rights group Amnesty International has accused the Saudi-led coalition of war crimes in airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Henry Ridgwell reports the group says hundreds of civilians have been killed in strikes on residential areas.

Video No Resolution in Sight to US House Speaker Drama

Uncertainty grips the U.S. Congress, where no consensus replacement has emerged to succeed Republican House Speaker John Boehner after his surprise resignation announcement. Half of Congress is effectively leaderless weeks before America risks defaulting on its national debt and enduring another partial government shutdown.

Video New Art Exhibit Focuses on Hope

Out of struggle and despair often comes hope. That idea is behind a new art exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. "The Big Hope Show" features 25 artists, some of whom overcame trauma and loss. VOA’s Deborah Block reports.

Video Columbus Day Still Generates Controversy as US Holiday

The second Monday of October is Columbus Day in the United States, honoring explorer Christopher Columbus and his discovery of the Americas. The achievement is a source of pride for many, but for some the holiday is marked by controversy. Adrianna Zhang has more.

Video Anger Simmers as Turks Begin to Bury Blast Victims

The Turkish army carried out new air strikes on Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets on Sunday, a day after the banned group announced a unilateral cease fire. The air raids apparently are in retaliation for the Saturday bombing in Turkey's capital Ankara that killed at least 95 people and wounded more than 200 others. But as Zlatica Hoke reports, there are suspicions that Islamic State is involved.

Video Bombings a Sign of Turkey’s Deep Troubles

Turkey has begun a three-day period of mourning following Saturday’s bomb attacks in the capital, Ankara, that killed nearly 100 people. With contentious parliamentary elections three weeks away, the attacks highlight the challenges Turkey is facing as it struggles with ethnic friction, an ongoing migrant crisis, and growing tensions with Russia. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

Video Afghanistan’s Progress Aided by US Academic Center

Recent combat in Afghanistan has shifted world attention back to the central Asian nation’s continuing civil war and economic challenges. But, while there are many vexing problems facing Afghanistan’s government and people, a group of academics in Omaha, Nebraska has kept a strong faith in the nation’s future through programs to improve education. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Omaha, Nebraska.

Video House Republicans in Chaos as Speaker Favorite Withdraws

The Republican widely expected to become the next speaker of the House of Representatives shocked his colleagues Thursday by announcing he was withdrawing his candidacy. The decision by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy means the race to succeed retiring Speaker John Boehner is now wide open. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone reports.

Video German, US Officials Investigate Volkswagen

German officials have taken steps to restore some of the reputation their car industry has lost after a recent Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal. Authorities have searched Volkswagen headquarters and other locations in an effort to identify the culprits in the creation of software that helps cheat on emission tests. Meanwhile, a group of lawmakers in Washington held a hearing to get to the bottom of the cheating strategy that was first discovered in the United States. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video Why Are Gun Laws So Hard for Congress to Tackle?

Since taking office, President Barack Obama has spoken out or issued statements about 15 mass shootings. The most recent shooting, in which 10 people were killed at a community college, sparked outrage over the nation's gun laws. But changing those laws isn't as easy as many think. VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports.

Video In 'He Named Me Malala,' Guggenheim Finds Normal in Extraordinary

Davis Guggenheim’s documentary "He Named Me Malala" offers a probing look into the life of 18-year-old Malala Yousafsai, the Pakistani teenager who, in 2012, was shot in the head by the Taliban for standing up for her right to education in her hometown in Pakistan's Swat Valley. Guggenheim shows how, since then, Malala has become a symbol not as a victim of brutal violence, but as an advocate for girls’ education throughout the world. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.

Video Paintable Solar Cells May Someday Replace Silicon-Based Panels

Solar panels today are still factory-manufactured, with the use of some highly toxic substances such as cadmium chloride. But a researcher at St. Mary’s College, Maryland, says we are close to being able to create solar panels by painting them on a suitable surface, using nontoxic solutions. VOA’s George Putic reports.

VOA Blogs