We don’t think anyone is surprised by this announcement. Still, perhaps we’re just hopelessly naive when it comes to human nature but we can’t figure how kidnapping innocent children will engender sympathy with anyone. Yes, this act of terrorism is designed to force concessions from the Nigerian government, but it certainly has exposed Boko Haram for what it is to rest of the world—not as a “freedom” movement but as a group of thuggish totalitarians. Plus, we always wonder: Do people who put their hopes in groups like realize that even if they win, the leadership soon would begin using the same horrendous tactics to keep their own people in line?
Boko Haram admits abducting Nigeria girls from Chibok
Protests have been held across Nigeria, demanding more action to rescue the girls
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Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram says it carried out the abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls in April.
About 230 girls are still believed to be missing, prompting widespread criticism of the Nigerian government.
“I abducted your girls,” Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video obtained by the AFP news agency.
Meanwhile, a woman who helped organise protests over the abduction has been detained, her fellow community leaders say.
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