Nigeria President: 'All Must Be Done' to Free Girls


Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan met Saturday night into the early morning hours of Sunday with several key leaders in security, school, and the government about the kidnapping of 276 school girls.

He told them "everything must be done" to free the girls held captive by the Islamic terrorist group Boka Haram.

The meeting included security service chiefs, officials from the affected Borno state and Chibok town, and the principal of the school where the victims were taken.

Nigeria's government and military have been deeply embarrassed by the failure to rescue the girls abducted April 15.

Many of those girls are now said to have been forced into marriages with the men who took them.

Their parents say the girls are being sold by Boko Haram for $12.

Before the weekend meetings, impatience mounted.

"The government has been very lax providing information," activist, Yemi Adamolekun, said. "We hear conflicting information, as of now we don't even know the number of girls, 200, it's 234, it's 219."

Hundreds of people braved heavy rain Thursday to march to the National Assembly, demanding the government do more to find the girls and bring them home.

"The federal government seems to be more concerned with the World Economic Forum because every statement they issue seems to be assuring foreign delegates that there's no problem and Abuja would be safe," Adamolekun said. "How can Abuja be safe when the rest of the country is in mourning?"

One community leader said Boko Haram is demanding a ransom for the release of the girls.

Others believe they've been moved across the border into Cameroon and Chad.

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