Release Of Chibok Schoolgirls Heart-warming – US

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By Ogbolu George with agency report

The United States government has said that the release of the 82 Chibok school girls after three years of captivity by the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group is heart-warming.

The Deputy Director, Office of West African Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, Nathan Holt, made the remarks in Washington, D.C. via teleconference on: ”Nigeria, a critical U.S. partner.”

Holt noted that the release of the girls from captivity was also a positive development for them and their families.

”Many of you will have also followed the news of the release of the Chibok girls over the weekend.

”Obviously, that was a heart-warming and positive development for the young women involved and for their families.

”We’d like to point out that they’re among thousands of victims of Boko Haram and its offshoot, ISIS West Africa,” he said.

Partnership

Holt said the U.S. was carrying out a lot of bilateral activities with Nigeria and multilateral cooperation, involving the United Nations.

The US envoy said Nigeria had an influential voice on the African continent.

”Again, that’s an overview of where we are in a very important bilateral relationship for us.

”I’d like to point out as well that we’ve worked together closely in the United Nations.

”We’ve worked together on issues of arms proliferation and nuclear questions.

”So, Nigeria has a voice in Africa that is quite influential,” he said.

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