World leaders rise against Boko Haram, US says hunt for Nigerian schoolgirls ‘challenging’ & other important news you should know today

by Oge Okonkwo

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#BringBackOurGirls: World rises against Boko Haram

The abduction of schoolgirls in Government Secondary School (GGSS), Chibok, Borno State, has provoked world leaders to join forces with Nigeria in the quest to rescue the girls from Boko Haram terrorists.

The world leaders including United States president Barack Obama, British prime minister David Cameron, France president Francios Hollande and United Nations (UN) secretary-general Ban Ki-moon have vowed to assist Nigeria in rescuing the schoolgirls. Read more….

US says hunt for Nigerian schoolgirls ‘challenging,’ 

US experts arriving in Nigeria to help hunt for more than 200 abducted schoolgirls face a “challenging” task and it’s too early to say if they can find them, officials warned Friday.

Seven military officials from the US Africa regional command AFRICOM along with a State Department expert arrived Friday, and three FBI personnel and four others from State and the USAID aid agency were due to arrive Saturday. Read more….

Atiku urges Nigerians to unite against Boko Haram

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has called for unity among all Nigerians in the fight against insurgency in the country.

In a statement in Abuja on Friday, Abubakar said that all citizens must unite to stamp out the evil that bedevilled the country.

“ At a moment like this, we can no longer afford anything but a united commitment to stamping out a great evil that threatens the very existence of the only place we call home. Read more….

Chibok girls still within Nigeria, says Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has said that the over 200 secondary school girls abducted in Chibok, Borno State are still within the country and could not have left the Sambisa Forest.

He made the remark while addressing the world press at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja at the end of World Economic Forum on Africa.

According to him, the personnel of some of the countries who promised to assist Nigeria locate the girls are already in Nigeria towards a collective effort to find the girls. Read more….

Gov. Shettima declares 3-day fasting for abducted girls

Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno on Friday declared three days of prayers and fasting to seek divine intervention to rescue the more than 200 school girls abducted by insurgents in Chibok.

The governor made the announcement while addressing members of the Kibaku Area Development Association (KADA), Chibok, who were protesting the abduction of the girls in Maiduguri.

According to him, the fasting will take place between Monday and Wednesday, May 12 to May 14. Read more….


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