By Jessica A Badebye
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has urged Africa to fight against the abduction of girls on the continent. This follows the abduction of over 200 girls who were taken away from their school in Chibok, in Borno State last month and have since not been found. More girls were reported to have been abducted in Warabe Village in the same state this week.
Addressing the issue during the visit of the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to the African Union this week, Dr Dlamini-Zuma said: “We have to campaign against the abduction of school girls, because girls need education, girls need to be at school. It is their right.” The AU Commission chief totally condemned the abduction of the Nigerian girls by suspected militants of the extremist group Boko Haram, as part of their strategy to terrorise and scare into submission the Nigerian public and the world at large. Dr Dlamini-Zuma finally called on all AU member States and the international community to support the Nigerian Government to energetically fight the abduction of girls, senseless killings and series of other vices perpetuated by Boko Haram extremists.
Specialists forces from the United States and Britain have joined the hunt for the girls amid condemnation of the Nigerian leader GOODLUCK Jonathan that he had been to slow to react to the kidnapping of the girls and that his hand was finally forced to do something after the girls’ parents expressed their indignation at how the government has responded to the kidnap.