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Britain To FG: “It Is Up To You To Rescue Chibok Girls"


Two years after more than 200 schoolgirls were seizedfrom their dormitory in Chibok, Borno State, the British government has said that it will not take the lead in rescuing the children but will assist Nigeria in its effort to do so. The British Minister for International Development, Mark Hurd, made the position of the administration known in an interview with Sunday Vanguard in Abuja. Hurd stated that, since the Chibok adductions was a Nigerian security challenge, Nigeria must take the lead in rescuing the girls.

The Minister said that Britain would continue to stand with Nigeria in its effort to tackle the Boko Haram insurgents and find the missing Chibok girls but that such initiative must be led by Nigeria. “We are determined to help Nigeria, our old friend and partner. However, British commitment to the fight, will be led bywhat Nigeria needs and initiates. At the moment, our commitment to the fight centres onmilitary training and capacity building of the Nigerian military, which is what Nigeria requests of us. Our relationship is very strong and we are pleased with the successes the military has made against Boko Haram, the Minister said.

As far as the Chibok girls are concerned, Britain is fully committed to bringing them home but this initiative has to be led by Nigeria. It is not the duty of Britain to dictate to Nigeria on what to do to rescue the Chibok girls. We need to support the Nigerian solution to finding the Chibok girls.”


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