Not to doubt the veracity of the Nigerian government’s claims to know the whereabouts of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, but we choose to reserve judgment on this report until the girls are returned. One reason is the conflicting reports that have come from Nigeria’s government in recent weeks regarding this tragedy. The nation’s people have already been very critical of the government’s seemingly slow response and conflicting reports about progress in locating the missing children. Against that backdrop, one can’t help but wonder if this is announcement is true or if it merely is a ploy to calm an angry citizenry and to try to save face on the world stage.
Are prayers are that the children are safe—the politics of either side of the conflict be damned.
Nigeria says it has found missing girls
Gbenga Olamikan/AP – Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, the government’s chief of defense staff, center, speaks during a demonstration Monday calling on the government to rescue the kidnapped girls.
By Pamela Constable
LAGOS, Nigeria — A top Nigerian military official said Monday that the government knows the whereabouts of several hundred kidnapped girls but cannot reveal their location and cannot use force to rescue them, according to the Web site of the Ogun state television service.
Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, the government’s chief of defense staff, was quoted as telling a group of visitors at his office in Abuja, the capital, “The good news for the parents of the girls is that we know where they are, but we cannot tell you.” He reportedly told the group, “just leave us alone, we are working to get the girls back.”
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