Nigeria will free kidnapped girls – Jonathan
05 May 2014, 09:34
Lagos - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday vowed that his government will ensure the release of the 223 schoolgirls abducted by suspected Boko Haram Islamists.
"We promise that anywhere the girls are, we will surely get them out," Jonathan said in a live radio-television media chat in the nation's capital Abuja, monitored in Lagos.
"This is a trying time for this country... it is painful," he said, and pleaded for the co-operation of parents, guardians and the local communities in the rescue efforts.
He said that Nigerians were "justified if they expressed their anger against government" over the perceived slowness in rescuing the girls who were kidnapped from their hostel in Chibok town, in northeast Borno state, on 14 April.
He assured that the "disappearance" of the girls will not be another world "mystery".
"Their disappearance cannot be another mystery the world cannot resolve," he said, in reference to the Malaysian aircraft that has not been found despite the vast multi-national search deployed.