US Government Demands Immediate Release of Chibok Girls

By : Dayo Fasasi,

The United States government has demanded for an unconditional release of the Nigeria’s more than 200 abducted Girls by Boko Haram. .Chibok girls were the students kidnapped from their hostels while writing their final year (SSCE) examination about two years ago.

Mark Toner, the US Department of State Deputy Spokesman, said this at a press briefing in Washington. According to him, the story of the abducted pupils was heartbreaking and America will continue to work and provide any assistance it can to obtain their eventual release. He stated that the deadly Boko Haram is exerting a terrible influence and is really a scourge on the Nigerian society.

While answering questions from the press, Toner said, “You’re talking about the Chibok girls from Nigeria. Well, it’s the second anniversary, I think and of course, we call for all hostages, including these young women and girls who’ve been held by Boko Haram, to be released immediately without preconditions. We support Nigeria’s efforts to bring about the safe recovery of those kidnapped and we continue to advise them on their response to this, as well as on general counter-terrorism and counter-Boko Haram
efforts.”

Toner added that the US has a team in Abuja which comprises “specialists on temporary assignment from a variety of US government agencies who are trying to work on assisting the Nigerian government on this particular case, the assistance takes a number of forms.  These include intelligence; training, advice on strategic communications, but also victim support services and assistance to those who have suffered under Boko Haram.

Toner, further disclosed that the American government have given upwards of $198m in humanitarian assistance to the populations in Nigeria that have been affected by Boko Haram’s subsequent attacks.

“So, we’re looking at ways that we can ramp up our support for Nigeria’s security services and any assistance that we can provide to help the victims of these attacks, whether they’re from the terrorist attacks or kidnap victims as well,” Toner said

A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from...A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed.  A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing. AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM  RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTSHO/AFP/Getty Images

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