President Obama confirmed Nigerian leaders have accepted an offer to deploy US personnel soon after word comes the Boko Haram chief Abubakar Shekau has kidnapped eight more girls from school between the ages of 12-15.
Obama urged global action against the terrorist group. Speaking to US broadcaster ABC, The President said: “It’s a heartbreaking situation, outrageous situation.”
Adding, “This may be the event that helps to mobilize the entire international community to finally do something against this horrendous organisation that’s perpetrated such a terrible crime.”
More than 276 girls were abducted three weeks ago with 50 escaping. Boko Haram chief Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility saying his group was holding the schoolgirls as “slaves” and threatening to sell them in the market.
Obama confirmed the team sent to Nigeria consists of “military, law enforcement, and other agencies who will work to “identify where in fact these girls might be and provide them help.
He denounced Boko Haram as “one of the worst regional or local terrorist organisations”.
Our hearts and prayers are with the families as we pray for the safe return of these young girls.