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Obama Declares War On Boko Haram As US Sends Military Experts To Nigeria To Rescue Abducted Chibok Girls

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Obama Declares War On Boko Haram As US Sends Military Experts To Nigeria To Rescue Abducted Chibok Girls

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May 7, 2014 – Obama Declares War On Boko Haram As US Sends Military Experts To Nigeria To Rescue Kidnapped Chibok School Girls

The President of the United States of America, Barack Obama yesterday condemned dreaded Boko Haram Islamists for kidnapping over 200 girls at a public school in Chibok, Borno State.

He described the kidnapping as “heartbreaking” and “outrageous” as Washington deployed military experts in the hunt for the children.

He urged global action against Boko Haram and confirmed Nigerian leaders had accepted an offer to deploy US personnel there, soon after residents said the extremist group had seized eight more girls, aged between 12 and 15, again in the embattled northeast.

The first group of girls were taken three weeks ago, and concerns have been mounting about their fate after Boko Haram chief Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility, saying his group was holding the schoolgirls as “slaves” and threatening to “sell them in the market”.

Speaking to US broadcaster ABC, Obama said: “It’s a heartbreaking situation, outrageous situation.”

“This may be the event that helps to mobilize the entire international community to finally do something against this horrendous organization that’s perpetrated such a terrible crime,” he added.

The team sent to Nigeria consists of “military, law enforcement, and other agencies”, Obama said, and will work to “identify where in fact these girls might be and provide them help”.

He denounced Boko Haram as “one of the worst regional or local terrorist organizations”.

US officials have voiced fears that the more than 220 girls, aged between 16 and 18, have already been smuggled into neighbouring countries, such as Chad and Cameroon. The governments of both denied the girls were in their countries.

Their fate has sparked global outrage and may constitute a crime against humanity according to the UN.

– ‘Heinous people’ –

Shekau said his extreme Islamist group was holding the schoolgirls abducted on April 14 in the northeastern town of Chibok as “slaves” and threatened to “sell them in the market”, in a video obtained by AFP on Monday.

Parents of those taken said Shekau’s video had made an already horrifying situation even worse.

“All along, we have been imagining what could happen to our daughters in the hands of these heinous people,” one mother, Lawal Zanna, told AFP by phone from Chibok.

The latest kidnappings also took place in Borno state, a stronghold of the Islamist group.

Abdullahi Sani, a resident of Warabe, said gunmen had moved “door to door, looking for girls” late on Sunday.

“They forcefully took away eight girls between the ages of 12 and 15,” he said, in an account confirmed by other witnesses.

He said the attackers did not kill anyone, which was “surprising”, and suggested that abducting girls was the motive for the attack.

Another Warabe resident, Peter Gombo, told AFP that the military and police had not yet deployed to the area.

“We have no security here. If the gunmen decide to pick our own girls, nobody can stop them.”

– ‘Too much to bear’ –

Though initially slow to emerge, global outrage has flared over the mass abduction in Chibok, where Boko Haram stormed their school and loaded the girls at gunpoint onto trucks.

Several managed to escape but over 220 girls are still being held, according to police.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague called the kidnappings “disgusting” while Angelina Jolie, speaking in Paris, condemned the Chibok abductions as “unthinkable cruelty and evil”.

Egypt’s prestigious Islamic institute Al-Azhar, which runs the main Sunni Islamic university in the region, said harming the girls “completely contradicts the teachings of Islam”.

Since the attack, parents have criticised the military’s rescue mission, saying there had been a lack of urgency from the outset.

Enoch Mark, an outspoken critic of the authorities since his daughter was kidnapped in Chibok, said “the government should find our girls or seek international assistance if it cannot”.

“Boko Haram are not spirits or extra-terrestrial creatures that cannot be tracked and subdued,” he told AFP by phone. “The agony and trauma are becoming too much for us parents to bear.”

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  1. bezo

    May 7, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Obama pls tell ur men to go back.
    Why did u wait for this long to rescue Nigeria from these monsters capable of destroying the whole world?

    • King wizzy

      May 7, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      I tire ooooo after they have killed thousands of people now they are just raping the kids mercilessly which I’m sure that most of the B’haram are HIV/AIDS POSITIVE. Now those innocent chicks are just contacting all kids. May God be with them till they are been freed. But Obama pls send them niggers so fast to my country to help them out pls.

    • Freedom

      May 8, 2014 at 12:20 AM

      Think before you talk please, dont just talk because its free to air opinion, How do expect Obama to enter Nigeria with out the approval or permission ? this another country and not part of USA, your should be thankful and not talking nonsense, Obama has done well to offer help and have come to fulfill it, We must thank God for this gesture. but its the to BH they are on their way to Bermuda triangle, I rest my case

      • sady

        May 10, 2014 at 3:44 AM

        OMG you took the words right out of my mouth THANK YOU aleast someone has a brain

  2. Ibana Meu

    May 7, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    end has come to you Shekau and all terrorists killing innocent people in Nigeria

  3. Bose Sanya

    May 7, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    God has already declared war against haram already because He has arised in His anger ready to scatter haram people and as He leads the battle field, Obama boys and whoever willing to help followed. Pharaho boys got swallowed by red sea, so shall all boko haram perish in Sambasa forest in Jesus name. Amen. Goliath Shekau! get ready there is a stone for you because for every Goliath there is a stone, Shekau watch out your stone is coming!!!!!

  4. prince of Ijesha land

    May 7, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    THANKS ALOT MR OBAMA GOD WILL SEE U 2RU….SHEKAU NA DIS FRIDAY HE NO GO PASS DIS FRIDAY UR BLOOD WILL SURELY BE REVIEW IJN.

  5. power in red

    May 7, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    how are we sure what the news papers are telling us is true because they can lie alot this day not like before .. we i hope it come to pass..what about our native doctors and prophet .where are they ? i think they power is gone., native doctors and prophet listing to me . once i get any of you one on one , pray ,,

  6. Malachi

    May 7, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    I thank GOD for obama,things may change!

  7. innocent

    May 7, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    people do not beleive anymore that lslam is a peaceful relegion because of boko haram

  8. sunshine

    May 7, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    pls obama come for rescure nigeria pls

  9. adex

    May 8, 2014 at 3:19 AM

    we are they?the so call profect of god with mighth power
    alafa
    bish
    woli
    you can only act on poor people ,why cant you use this you ´power to deal with gboko haram,shame on you

  10. Justice

    May 8, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Deadly and blood tasty extremest .You have come to the end road! Soon Shekeu and his blood suckers will perish on the account of their evil deeds.

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