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Friday, 16 May 2014

#BringBackOurGirls : Jonathan to visit Chibok today One Month After Abduction

President Goodluck Jonathan will today  visit Chibok, Borno State where over 200 schoolgirls were abducted over a month ago by Boko Haram. The girls were kidnapped on April 15.
It will be Jonathan’s first visit to Chibok since the kidnappings. He will later in the day travel to Paris for a regional security summit.
Jonathan is under pressure to crush the rebels, who have killed thousands in their campaign for an Islamist state, and to free the girls, whose kidnapping has sparked global outrage.
The president has come under criticism for its slow response to the abductions.
Jonathan asked France last week to arrange a Paris security summit with neighbours Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin, and officials from the U.S., Britain and the European Union to discuss a coordinated response.
The summit is convened by President Francois Hollande to discuss fresh strategies for dealing with the security threat posed by Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in West and Central Africa.
According to a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the President will be joined at the summit by Heads of State and Government of Benin Republic, Cameroon, Niger and Chad.
It reads: “It is also expected that Britain, the United States of America and the European Union will be represented at the talks which will give special attention to the coordination and intensification of efforts to curtail the destabilizing activities of Boko Haram in Nigeria and neighbouring countries in the wake of the recent abduction of college girls from Chibok, Borno State.”
 He will be accompanied to France by the Minister of Defence, Lt-Gen. Aliyu Gusau (rtd.), the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) and other principal aides and advisers,
 Jonathan will return to Abuja at the conclusion of the summit on Saturday.

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