International outrage of the kidnapping of nearly 300 schoolgirls has reached the White House. A global outcry for justice has been so loud that President Barack Obama has vowed to offer assistance to help find the missing young ladies.
Boko Haram, the Islamic fanatical group located in northern Nigeria, raided a girls boarding school in the remote and tiny northeastern city of and took these schoolkids. On Monday , the organization revealed, via video, they intend to sell the young ladies across the Islamic world.
The President voiced his administration’s strong desire to find the missing children, and added that the extremist terror organization has to be dealt with.
“… we’re also going to have to deal with the broader problem of organizations like this that can cause such havoc in people’s day-to-day lives,” Obama said during an interview on NBC’s “Today” show on Tuesday .
In a previous interview with ABC News, President Obama has reveled the U.S. government has long wanted to help Nigeria rid the Western African country of Boko Haram.
” You’ve got one of the worst regional or local terrorist organizations in Boko Haram in Nigeria. They’ve been killing people ruthlessly for many years now and we’ve already been seeking greater cooperation with the Nigerians,” Obama said in an interview with ABC News.
The U.S. Senate has got involved by approving a rare bipartisan resolution requesting the safe return of these young girls, and afterwards many lawmakers met on the steps of the U.S. Capital for a moment of silence to publicly show their support…at the exact same time loud chants and screams requesting immediate action could be heard outside the Nigerian Embassy, located in Washington, D.C.’s Van Ness neighborhood.
The push for stiffer action against Boko Haram has gone beyond the White House and into the D.C. community.
Many people around the world say the Nigerian government should spare no expense to retrieve these missing girls unharmed, before Boko Haram follows through with their threat of selling them into slavery to fund their misguided message.
John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State, remarked he has been in touch with Nigeria almost immediately and daily since the attack. The United States has offered assistance repeatedly, but their offer had constantly been denied until Kerry personally spoke with Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria. That means, U.S. assistance hasn’t been accepted until the global community took hold of the travesty — that’s almost three weeks after the incident.
The United States is sending many law enforcement and military technical experts to Nigeria who are skilled in intelligence, investigations, hostage negotiating, information sharing and victim assistance; yet, U.S. armed forces are not being sent.
The Associated Press reported, Kerry said Nigeria apparently wanted to pursue its own strategy, but now realizes more needs to be done. Several local people think Kerry was being far too kind.
“Nigeria knows the region that Boko Haram is located in,” said Abul Muhammad, a D.C. resident who was born in Mali [which borders Nigeria], “but these government people won’t do more to stop this kind of action.”
Nigerian-American, Bola Eze, believes it’s not as easy at most people think.
“Boko Haram and the Nigerian government is more than just religious, ethnic, tribal, and regional concerns,” she said. “It goes beyond all of that and it’s roots existed long before the existence of Boko Haram. This attack and subsequent kidnapping of these poor defenseless women could be what lasts in the international community’s mind as to the way Boko Haram feels; and sadly, might be a lasting image of what people think is Nigeria, as a whole.”
276 remain in captivity and 53 managed to escape.
The State Department continues to warn U.S. citizens against traveling to Nigeria.