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Nigerian cardinal distressed by government's failure to local Boko Haram kidnap victims

May 06, 2014

As a Boko Haram leader threatened to kidnap more girls in Nigeria, Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja issued a plea for the release of 276 girls who are believed to be held by the terrorist group.

“We are all ashamed” because of the government’s inability to locate and release the teenage hostages, the cardinal told Vatican Radio. He reported that soldiers many schools have been closed because of the fear of Boko Haram raids, and uncertainty that government forces will be able to provide security for children.

“We know that Boko Haram have no sense of humanity,” the cardinal said. “But that they should be able to cart away almost 300 children in the northeast of Nigeria without any trace of where these children are really baffles us.”


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  • Posted by: Defender - May. 06, 2014 5:43 PM ET USA

    This is the kind of situation that calls for military reaction. Not much mention of AFRICOM or the UN, for that matter. Boko Haram has been around for a while and they seem to being acting much like the VC did during Vietnam. It's going to get worse before it gets better.