The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, has condemned the abduction of over 200 Nigerian school girls kidnapped by members of the the Boko Haram sect on April 14 and joined in the call to find them.
Just like many people around the world, Michelle Obama was outraged by the situation and gave the assurance that “the United States government is giving the Nigerian government as much support as possible, to bring back the girls”.
“Millions of people across the globe, my husband and I are outraged and heartbroken over the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls from their school dormitory in the middle of the night.
“This unconscionable act was committed by a terrorist group determined to keep these girls from getting an education. Grown men attempting to snuff out the aspirations of young girls and I want you to know that Barack has directed our government to do everything possible to support the Nigerian government’s efforts to find these girls and bring them home,” she said.
The First Lady said that what happened in Nigeria was not an isolated incident but a story seen every day, as “girls around the world risk their lives to pursue their ambitions”.
She related the story to that of girls like Malala Yousaf Zai from Pakistan, who spoke out for girls’ education in her community and as a result, was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman while on a school bus with her class mates. Fortunately, Malala survived the shot.
Michelle hoped that the story of the Nigerian girls would serve as an inspiration for every girls and boy in America to recommit themselves to education.
“I hope that any young people in America who take the school for granted; any young people who are slacking out or thinking of dropping out; I hope they will learn the stories of these girls and recommit themselves to their education,” she stressed.
Several countries are supporting the Nigerian government’s efforts in finding and rescuing the girls as soon as possible.
The leader of the terrorist group, which had carried out attacks on villages, Churches and schools in Nigeria’s north east, in a video released on Monday claimed responsibility for the abduction of the girls and threatened to sell them in a market.
Celebrities and world leaders have joined a ‘#BringBackOurGirls’ campaign that is seen as part of what triggered world leaders’ support to the Nigerian government in the rescue effort.
Series of protests are holding in different states in Nigeria to demand more effort from the government in the rescue operation.
The US President, Barack Obama had described the abduction of the girls as a terrible and heartbreaking situation while British Prime Minister, David Cameron, said it was “pure evil”
The British Government had deployed a team of experts to Nigeria while the Chinese government said it would provide support with its satellite technology.
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