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    Nigeria Wants Help to Find Girls, Contain Boko Haram

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    Zlatica Hoke
    May 13, 2014 11:43 PM
    With outrage over the abduction of close to 300 Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram militants spreading — protests demanding action have erupted in several cities, mostly recently Paris — Zlatica Hoke reports on domestic frustrations over the government's inability to protect its own citizens.
    With outrage over the abduction of close to 300 Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram militants spreading — protests demanding action have erupted in several cities, mostly recently Paris — Zlatica Hoke reports on domestic frustrations over the government's inability to protect its own citizens.
    Heather Murdock
    As protesters gear up to mark a full month since hundreds of girls were kidnapped by Islamist militants, Nigerian officials are calling on the international community to not only help find the girls, but to develop a long-term plan to contain the insurgency. 

    Wednesday will mark a full month since the girls were kidnapped.  
     
    Protesters on Tuesday marched on the house of Kashim Shettima, the governor of Borno state, where militants known as Boko Haram kidnapped more than 300 schoolgirls.

    The United States, Britain, France, China, Canada and Israel have offered to help find the girls.
     
    But activists say that is not enough.
     
    “There’s no point for people to be sitting down and creating committees and meetings and things like that. It is easy," complained human rights lawyer Sa’ida Sa’ad. "The commander-in-chief of the armed forces of Nigeria can just issue out a statement.  Tell somebody, command somebody somewhere to go into that forest, whatever that place is and get these girls out.”
     
    U.S. officials say they are committed both to helping Nigeria find the girls and to the larger fight against Boko Haram militants, who've been blamed for thousands of deaths in the past five years.
     
    “The scourge of Boko Haram has continued to spread to neighboring regions and it has become an issue that really has been highlighted in this recent incident as deserving international attention,”  Sarah Sewal, U.S. undersecretary of state for civilian security, democracy and human rights, said during a visit Tuesday to the capital city of Abuja.
     
    Some Nigerian officials say the kind of help provided by the international community in the past has not always been helpful.  
     
    However, Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Aminu Wali said his country could use the world's help if it's extended not only to rescuing the missing girls, but to the larger fight against Boko Haram.

    “The sudden influx is more like a fire brigade situation where there’s a particular incident where the whole world wants to see it taken care of," Wali said. "Ah, OK, we’ll take care of that and maybe the world will go back again and say (it's) business as usual. It is not. I want to appeal to the international community, it is not."
     
    Wali said the international community should work on a long-term plan to contain Boko Haram.  
     
    Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan asked lawmakers to extend emergency rule in northeast Nigeria. It was declared last May, after four years of insurgency, in the states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.

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    by: eusebio manuel vestias from: Portugal
    May 14, 2014 5:59 PM
    Nigeria save the children

    by: Walter from: Cyprus
    May 14, 2014 10:33 AM
    The Nigerian president has failed in his responsibilities. He doesn't have a clue on what it takes to govern a country.He should be ashamed of himself. In other parts of the world, people would have called for his resignation.

    by: abdulai from: u.s.
    May 14, 2014 5:21 AM
    I'm seriously troubled by the action of this group and I hope they understand that going after the dame people that they claim to be liberating is a bad idea. As a Muslim I am really ashamed that this group choose to carry its heinous crimes in the name of Islam. I urge the entire Muslim Ummah to help in any way possible to not only liberate our sisters but also help bring this meyhem to an end.

    On the other hand the Nigerian govt is clearly not in control of this situation and the sooner they realize this and invite help the better it is for their people.

    by: Ceye Okoye from: Americus
    May 13, 2014 12:59 PM
    It is quite a shame that the Nigerian government is asking for help to find the girls abducted by Boko Haram. Nigerians have lived with this problem for years and the government just let this group do as they pleased. The missing girls episode has exposed a government whose stock and trade is massive unprecedented corruption and looting the treasury instead of providing security for they people they claim to govern.

    A country without electricity, water supply, roads and most importantly, no order. While always plotting to steal the country's money, their attention shifted from fighting terrorism. I wish the countries coming to Nigeria's rescue, start making demands from the government that care nothing of her citizens.While stealing, they did not realize that they have become the Africa's #1 economy. May this be an eye opener to the government of Nigeria which has abandoned her people.
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    by: Anny from: China
    May 14, 2014 1:26 AM
    I totally agree with your comment!
    Nigerian government is terrible and bad!
    They can't contain their people.
    They should have a new leadership.

    by: David Quartey from: Oakland-SF
    May 13, 2014 12:40 PM
    The Nigerian government should be seriously ashamed of ITSELF. I am wondering if the Nigerian troop contingent to ECOWAS is worthwhile, when they can't even contain domestic issues of their own(BOKO HARAM).

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