Hope For Our Girls? The United States & The United Kingdom Pledge Their Help

There may be some light at the end of the tunnel in the missing Chibok girls’ saga, as western super-powers, the United States and the United Kingdom have pledged their help to the Nigerian government in searching for and rescuing the abducted girls.

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White House spokesperson, Jay Carney

The US says it considers the abduction “an outrage”. White House spokesman Jay Carney said President Barack Obama was being briefed as his national security team was monitoring developments.

He added that the US was offering counter-terrorism help to Nigerian investigators that involved “information-sharing” and improving Nigeria’s “forensics and investigative capacity”.

Six US senators have introduced a resolution supporting the Nigerian people and calling for the immediate return of the girls.

Senator Dick Durbin, one of the resolution’s sponsors, called the kidnapping “an affront to the civilised world”.

“We and our African allies should do everything to help the Nigerian government rescue innocent girls and return them to their families,”he said in a tweet.

In an emotional address to the US Senate, Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar also called for action.

“We cannot close our eyes to the clear evidence of barbarity unfolding before us in Nigeria,” she said.

“This is one of those times when our action or inaction will be felt not just by those schoolgirls being held captive and their families waiting in agony, but by victims and perpetrators of trafficking around the world. Now is the time to act.”

Also, the British Foreign Minister William Hague offered to help Nigeria secure the release the schoolgirls. “We are offering practical help,” Hague told reporters as he arrived for a Council of Europe meeting in Vienna; “What has happened there… the actions of Boko Haram to use girls as the spoils of war, the spoils of terrorism, is disgusting.


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