#BringBackOurGirls: U.S. ready for action against Boko Haram, waiting for FG’s approval

Steve-StockmanIf we all remember, it was on April 14 2014 that Islamic sect popularly known as Boko haram kidnapped over 200 school girls in chibok of Borno State.The developing news is that United States troops may be deployed in the search for the over
200 abducted secondary school girls in Chibok, Borno State, it was
learnt yesterday.
A US Congressional delegation made up of Representatives Steve
Stockman, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Frederica Wilson and Lois Frankel,
told a news conference at the Unity Fountain in Abuja yesterday
that the US planned to take action.
Stockman said: “We get briefed by the military and pending the
approval of the government of Nigeria and our government, we
plan to take action but I don’t think we are going into specifics
this time; it was a classified briefing. We stand ready to help and
as soon as our government and Nigerian government approve, we
will take action.”
In the meantime, US is helping Nigeria to train its military.
Jackson-Lee said: “What I want to say is that I think what it is
right now is to work with the Nigerian government in training of
the military. I want to emphasise again here that we have come all
these miles to say that our Congress stands ready to cooperate
with the government in a manner that is appropriate and with the
consent of Nigerian government. And I want to emphasise the
need for the Victims Relief Fund because there is so much
suffering going on by the young girls and the families that have
been touched by this violence.”
The delegation also urged the Nigeria government to establish a
National Victims Fund.
The fund, they argued, is necessary for the rehabilitation of all
those who have suffered from the Boko Haram horrific violence.
Jackson-Lee said: “Collectively, we bring a wide range of special
knowledge to Nigeria and to focus on a very important issue. We
have come from the United States to focus on bringing the girls
back and to focus on stopping the violence of Boko Haram.”
The group narrated the story of a woman who watched her
husband, a police officer, decapitated by Boko Haram, her throat
was slashed to a point that she cannot speak and her arms were
slashed. She received no compensation.
“ So we come today with solution; we also come today in asking
the North east and Nigeria to continue to accept international help
and it is time to find a way to contain the Boko Haram and save
the lives of so many,” she said.
The group urged the government of Nigeria to establish a National
Victims Fund, for “all of the victims who have suffered at the
hands of Boko Haram, for the girls who are still missing, for the
girls who escaped, for their families, for the father who spoke to us
about his missing daughter, and the victims who have perished
and their families. They need compensation.
“We thank President Obama and the United States Congress for its
very keen interest on the question of bringing the girls back, and
stopping the horrific violence of Boko Haram,” Jackson-Lee said.
She added that the mission speaks in unity about the crisis
inflicted on the girls, women and their families, who have been
victimised by the terrorist acts of Boko Haram, admonishing the
Northeast and Borno State to stop the Boko Haram violence.
“We also believe that it is important to focus on our children and
to acknowledge that more than 10 million children in Nigeria are
not in school, many of them are in the Northeast.
“It is time for economic empowerment and jobs to take the children
away from Boko Haram, put them in schools and give the young
people in the Northeast and in Nigeria the opportunity for jobs and
education,” she noted.
The chairman of the humanitarian mission, Stockman, said the
group hopes to join Nigeria in a comprehensive partnership to fight
the crisis, adding that it will extend a hand of friendship to resolve
the problem.
Frederica Wilson noted that the United States stand with Nigeria in
the fight against terrorism, condemning the kidnap of about 270
school girls as “outrageous”.

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