December 18, 2014
Hollande, Cameron vow to help Nigeria
French President François Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron expressed their disgust for the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls by Islamist group Boko Haram in Nigeria and pledged help to look for the girls.
“The president said that France will do everything to help Nigeria chase down this group and find the kidnapped hostages,” government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said after a cabinet meeting chaired by Hollande. “We are dealing with one of the most atrocious forms of terrorism because it involves kidnapping and trafficking children,” he added.
PM David Cameron, in turn, said Boko Haram’s attack was “pure evil” and announced today a new offer of assitance will be made to Nigerian President today. PM pointed out that several offers have been made since last month’s abduction.
Britain is prepared to send special forces and intelligence-gathering aircraft to Nigeria to help in the hunt for the schoolgirls, Whitehall officials have said.
US President Barack Obama yesterday said that the US will do everything it can to help Nigeria find the teenage girls.
Washington offered assistance in counter-terrorism training, including forensics and investigative capacity to Nigerian government.
"In the short term our goal is obviously is to help the international community, and the Nigerian government, as a team to do everything we can to recover these young ladies," Obama said in an interview with NBC's Today show.