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Nigerian protesters call for action on Chibok schoolgirls

Thursday, July 09, 2015 - 01:22

Protesters in Nigeria meet with the president and demand more aggressive action to rescue schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamic militants Boko Haram. Diane Hodges reports.

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Chanting protesters in Nigeria march to the home of President Muhammadu Buhari. They're demanding answers from the government on what is being done to rescue some 200 girls kidnapped from a school in the northeastern town of Chibok last year. The girls were taken by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, which wants to establish an Islamic caliphate in Nigeria. These activists say the government has not done enough to rescue the girls. President Buhari, who has only been in office a few weeks, met with the group and asked them to be patient. Campaigner Hadiza Bala Mohammed says the group would judge him by his results. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRING BACK OUR GIRLS CAMPAIGNER, HADIZA BALA MOHAMMED, SAYING: "The former president had denied us access, this president has now given us an opportunity to see him. But nevertheless, what matters to us is the rescue of the girls. We shall continue our advocacy, we shall continue demanding for accountability as we watch the current administration take charge and take lead in rescuing the girls and ending the insurgency." Some 2-thousand Nigerian woman and girls are believed to have been kidnapped by Boko Haram since the beginning of 2014. These activists say they will continue meeting and demonstrating until the girls kidnapped in Chibok are back home.

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Nigerian protesters call for action on Chibok schoolgirls

Thursday, July 09, 2015 - 01:22