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Nigerian President Orders Push to Free Kidnapped Girls

FILE - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.FILE - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.
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FILE - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.
FILE - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.
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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered top security officials to do everything possible to secure the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped last month by suspected Islamist extremists.
 
In a broadcast appearance Sunday, Jonathan promised "... anywhere the girls are, we will surely get them out."
 
The president described it as a "trying" and "painful time," and pleaded for the cooperation of parents, guardians and local communities in the rescue efforts.
 
The girls were abducted April 15, in the town of Chibok in Borno state.  About 50 of the 276 abducted girls are said to have since escaped.
 
The kidnapping has been blamed on the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, whose five-year insurgency has killed thousands.  The group has not claimed responsibility
 
Local officials say they believe some of the girls have been moved across the border into Cameroon and Chad.

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by: maryam from: lagos
May 05, 2014 1:05 AM
Something that should have been done since. Well it is better late than never. O Allah! Bring an end to this


by: HANIFA from: ADAMAWA
May 04, 2014 2:07 PM
May our god help dem


by: Anna from: Portland oregon USA
May 04, 2014 11:21 AM
Well it's only over two weeks later.... Nice try but you still get a big fat F for FAIL.


by: Maxon Mudenda from: Zambia
May 04, 2014 11:13 AM
It is very dissapointing to the Nigerian govt.Where is their security and intelligence for such a big number of innocent pupils to miss without an quick action made. Africa and Africans are we safe sure..... Iam very sorry for the girls and their relatives. Please Nigerian govt change this story find the girls and punish those behind this evil act.

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