Barack Obama, Goodluck Jonathan

The U.S. plans to deploy a team with expertise in investigations and hostage negotiations to Nigeria to help find the more than 250 kidnapped school girls, officials said on Tuesday.

“Obviously, it’s a heartbreaking situation, outrageous situation,” President Obama tells ABC. “We’ve already sent in a team to Nigeria – they’ve accepted our help through a combination of military, law enforcement, and other agencies who are going in, trying to identify where in fact these girls might be and provide them help.”

Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to discuss a plan to send a “coordination cell” to the capital city of Abuja.

“We are not considering at this point military resources,” says White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. The team that is being sent is only in an advisory capacity.

“What I can tell you is that it is certainly Nigeria’s responsibility to maintain the safety and security of its citizens,” Carney adds.

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  • Durangutan

    I am happy that this incident is finally on the country’s radar. Unfortunately for the girls and their parents, I have a feeling that we are too late on this one. Something should have been done immediately. Anything could have happened to them in the past 3 weeks. There is always a chance but it breaks my heart that this was put on the back burner for SOOO long.

    • Anthony

      The great thing us that the response of the USA and UK shows the power of social. Social media also lit a fire under President Goodluck Jonathan’s seat too.

  • Nilegirl
  • J.Nicole

    What worries me is that 1) The US had to be shamed to intervene and 2) the Nigerian government seemed very apprehensive to accept any help as if they wanted it to go away. I highly doubt this wasn’t original on the US’s radar. It doesn’t take watching every episode of SVU (which I proudly do) to know kidnapped girls in the beginning of puberty are most likely being smuggled for heinous reasons.