The US military may soon be deplored in the search of the over 200 abducted secondary school girls in Chibok, Borno state.
A US Congressional Delegation made up of Representatives Steve Stockman, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Frederica Wilson and Lois Frankel, told a news conference in Abuja on Sunday said a directive is being awaited on the issue.
According to Stockman: ” We get briefed by the military and pending the approval of the government of Nigeria and our government, we plan to take action but I don’t think we are going specifics this time.
“It was a classified briefing. We stand ready to help and as soon as our government and Nigerian government approves, we will take action.”
But in the meantime, US is helping Nigeria to train its military.
Jackson-Lee said, “What I want to say is that I think what it is right now is to work with the Nigerian government in training of the military. I want to emphasise again here that we have come all these miles to say that our Congress stands ready to cooperate and the government in a manner that is appropriate and with the consent of Nigerian government.
” And I want to emphasise the need for the Victims Relief Fund because there is so much suffering going on by the young girls and the their families that have been touched by this violence.”
The delegation also urged Nigeria government to establish a National Victim Fund.
The fund they argued is necessary for the rehabilitation of all those who have suffered from the Boko Haram horrific violence.
According to Jackson-Lee “collectively we bring a wide range of special knowledge to Nigeria and to focus on a very important issue. We have come from the United States to focus on bringing the girls back and to focus on stopping the violence of Boko Haram.”
Source: The Nation


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