Video: US help on its way to Nigeria as second mass abduction of schoolgirls comes to light

posted at 8:01 am on May 7, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Nigeria accepted the US offer of assistance in rescuing more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram, but not before the UN revealed a second group abduction. Between eight and eleven schoolgirls went missing in Borno, although officials still dispute whether Boko Haram was involved in the incident:

An international uproar mounted Tuesday over the fate of hundreds of Ni­ger­ian schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militants in mid-April, with the Obama administration preparing to send a team of specialists to Nigeria to help recover the missing girls and U.N. officials warning that the kidnappers could face arrest, prosecution and prison under international law.

In Nigeria, U.N. officials reported that a new kidnapping had occurred, with between eight and 11 girls abducted Sunday by armed militants in the northern state of Borno to prevent them from attending school. It is unclear whether the same extremist group was involved in both abductions. The state’s police commissioner denied that any abductions had taken place.

The White House announced that Secretary of State John F. Kerry had called Ni­ger­ian President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday morning and offered to send a team including law enforcement and military experts to help his government find and free the roughly 300 girls seized from a school in remote northeastern Nigeria on either April 14 or April 15. Some escaped, but 276 are believed still missing.

A State Department spokesman said that Jonathan, who has been reluctant to move against the militants, “welcomed” the offer. Kerry, in a separate statement, said U.S. officials had delayed action because Jonathan’s government “had its own set of strategies,” but new developments had “convinced everybody that there needs to be a greater effort.”

The US assistance comes as protests rise here over Boko Haram’s actions and the perceived lack of response:

Nigerian officials bristled at the suggestion that they haven’t done enough to rescue the girls:

President Goodluck Jonathan has been under fire over accusations the government initially ignored and then later downplayed the abduction of the girls, who have become the focal point of a social media campaign demanding their safe return.

“The President and the government (are) not taking this as easy as people all over the world think,” Doyin Okupe, a spokesman for Jonathan told CNN.

“We’ve done a lot — but we are not talking about it. We’re not Americans. We’re not showing people, you know, but it does not mean that we are not doing something.”

In detailing the government’s response, two special battalions have been devoted to the search for the missing girls, Okupe said. That includes 250 locations that have been searched by helicopters and airplanes.

So far, though, the parents are less than impressed:

But the father of two of the schoolgirls taken by Boko Haram told CNN there has been no sign of the military in the days and weeks following the abduction.

He accused the government of “playing” with the parents of the missing girls, treating them as “fools.”

“Had there been these military men who went into the bush to rescue our daughters, we would have seen them,” said the father, who declined to be identified for fear of reprisals by the government and the terror group. “…We have never seen any military man there.”

The insertion of American resources into Nigeria suggests that the government isn’t trying to downplay the abductions — but probably isn’t capable of dealing with them either. Boko Haram has been conducting a terrorist civil war for years, and operates with some impunity in a large part of the northern region of Nigeria. They have access to the borders of Niger, Chad, Cameroon, and Benin, which means that their hostages could be moved out of Nigeria in a number of different ways. If Boko Haram was too much for the Nigerian security system as a fighting force, dealing with abductions will be even more difficult.


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I don’t think we are able to deal with it either. I’m not sure anyone is.I think they will kill them or sell them even if ransom is paid. They don’t approve of education for girls.

crankyoldlady on May 7, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Don’t forget, though, that we’re not at war with Islam. K?

BobMbx on May 7, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Don’t forget, though, that we’re not at war with Islam. K?

BobMbx on May 7, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Oh, of course, I forgot.

crankyoldlady on May 7, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Religion of peace, right?

Is there some strain of Christianity or Judaism that’s committing these kinds of atrocities?

Nice to see Muslims policing their own./

BuckeyeSam on May 7, 2014 at 8:09 AM

The White House announced that Secretary of State John F. Kerry had called Ni­ger­ian President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday morning and offered to send a team including law enforcement and military experts to help his government find and free the roughly 300 girls seized from a school in remote northeastern Nigeria on either April 14 or April 15. Some escaped, but 276 are believed still missing.

 
Why? How do you know you’ll arrive in time?

rogerb on May 7, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Memo to Democrats: This is what a war on women looks like. Stop diminishing the phrase.

BuckeyeSam on May 7, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Just who is listening to this? Why is the U.S. advertising/announcing the presence of such help? Why do I always think every decision coming out of this White House is a political one?

Lolo on May 7, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Smh

cmsinaz on May 7, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Just who is listening to this? Why is the U.S. advertising/announcing the presence of such help? Why do I always think every decision coming out of this White House is a political one?

Lolo on May 7, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Because it is. They think if they find these girls everybody will love them again.

Now a less egotistical administration would have sent troops in the dead of night, found the girls and then announced what we did.

gophergirl on May 7, 2014 at 8:15 AM

OT: gowdy doing very well against the morning joe crew

cmsinaz on May 7, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Who would have thought….The Religion of Peace is waging an actual War on Women and not a single Woman or Liberal in the US has said squat or denounced the Islamic Terrorist Group who claimed responsibility for this.

Number 273 on the list of things that make you question the sincerity of Liberals.

Johnnyreb on May 7, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Wondering if Boko Haram consists of failed Nigerian 419 scammers who couldn’t ‘earn a living’ as a prince or king of some distant country.

Seriously, I hope we can help rescue these girls, but I don’t think the abductions will stop until the threat is eradicated.

Mark Boabaca on May 7, 2014 at 8:19 AM

I noticed they came to us for help and not the UN. Can’t blame them really, since the UN peacekeepers have a history of raping 12 year old girls. They’d just be adding fuel to the fire.

In other news, UN condemns human rights abuse in U.S.

…..and yet they all come to us in their darkest hour.

fogw on May 7, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Don’t worry barry.

You and the ruling elite’s kids all go to private schools with armed guards, massive security and elmination of any “undesirable” students that don’t fit your belief system. They return home to gated communities with armed guards, 24hr surveillance and police protection.

The common rabble are fine with public schools with no discipline, more armed thugs than teachers, untrainable students. Many of these are located in “gun free safe zones” with 20 minute police response time and no legally armed citizens. Some communities have large populations of “religion of peace” followers that are being trained for next country or city they are going to take over with their peaceful means.

You have nothing to fear for your daughters or family. Screw the proletariat

acyl72 on May 7, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Because it is. They think if they find these girls everybody will love them again.

Or they think if they just say they are going to help everybody will love them.

crankyoldlady on May 7, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Religion of peace my ass.

kemojr on May 7, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Memo to Democrats: This is what a war on women looks like. Stop diminishing the phrase.

BuckeyeSam on May 7, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Indeed. And these idiots think the real problem is girls not being “encouraged” to be “leaders.” Are you kidding me?

Ted the Average on May 7, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Obama just wants to gather up these noble savages mohammedians and grant them asylum. They should be deposited into midwestern cities in groups large enough to balkanize and metastasize.

Murphy9 on May 7, 2014 at 8:40 AM

OT: gowdy doing very well against the morning joe crew

cmsinaz on May 7, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Maxine Waters would do well against that crew.

Bishop on May 7, 2014 at 8:44 AM

God bless this mission with success. Thank you Mr. Obama.

kcewa on May 7, 2014 at 8:50 AM

“I’m from the government (and UN) and I’m here to help”. Scary words to hear if you’re a Nigerian Christian. A Muslim sympathetic administration and a Muslim leaning organization to the rescue? What could go wrong?

iamsaved on May 7, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Off topic but why has hot air stopped covering the crisis/now civil war in Ukraine? I liked the previous coverage and am surprised with things rapidly devolving they have zero stories. Anyone know?

LeeBelieu on May 7, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Say nothing. Go in, rescue the girls and treat Boko Haram the way even Gen. Omar Bradley ordered the treatment of German snipers. And then broadcast that.

rbj on May 7, 2014 at 9:03 AM

OT: gowdy doing very well against the morning joe crew

cmsinaz on May 7, 2014 at 8:16 AM

I give him a C+. Joe had to step in and shut down Mika’s BS. It was not the Gowdy you’d see on Fox News, which made me sad. Where’s the anger.

Marcus on May 7, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Johnnyreb on May 7, 2014 at 8:17 AM

To be fair, all female Senators did…

ladyingray on May 7, 2014 at 9:12 AM

A State Department spokesman said that Jonathan, who has been reluctant to move against the militants…

WHAT?!!!!

Cleombrotus on May 7, 2014 at 9:16 AM

US help on its way to Nigeria as second mass abduction of schoolgirls comes to light

I bet you all are just aching to put a second “g” in there.

/libfree

DethMetalCookieMonst on May 7, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Instead of poking at the tumor with a blunt stick, why not just remove it, and cure the patient?

As long as the ‘death-cult’ of islam is allowed to exist, the world will continue to suffer.

Pork-Chop on May 7, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Impossible task.

docflash on May 7, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Obama just wants to gather up these noble savages mohammedians and grant them asylum. They should be deposited into midwestern cities in groups large enough to balkanize and metastasize.
Murphy9 on May 7, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Lewiston, Maine comes to mind.

Cleombrotus on May 7, 2014 at 9:20 AM

I noticed they came to us for help and not the UN. Can’t blame them really, since the UN peacekeepers have a history of raping 12 year old girls. They’d just be adding fuel to the fire.

In other news, UN condemns human rights abuse in U.S.

…..and yet they all come to us in their darkest hour.

fogw on May 7, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Totally spot on.

KMC1 on May 7, 2014 at 9:46 AM

I am curious what Rand Paul would have to say about US involvement in such a matter. He worries me a bit with respect to isolationism and although I agree with some of his points, this would seem like something of a no brainer.

We aren’t toppling a dictator or fighting a war, but trying to save hundreds of girls from terrorists for god’s sake.

Dash on May 7, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Who would have thought….The Religion of Peace is waging an actual War on Women and not a single Woman or Liberal in the US has said squat or denounced the Islamic Terrorist Group who claimed responsibility for this.

Number 273 on the list of things that make you question the sincerity of Liberals.

Johnnyreb on May 7, 2014 at 8:17 AM
.

To be fair, all female Senators did…

ladyingray on May 7, 2014 at 9:12 AM

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How much coverage did it get, by our “valorous” journalists?

I’m NOT calling you a liar … it’s just that I didn’t see or hear any broadcast coverage of any of our females in government office denouncing this kidnapping.

Meanwhile, I’m re-posting this from yesterday’s thread, about this story:
.

HEY Hillary ! … VALERIE ! … NANCY ! … DWS ! … SEN “Mam” BOXER ! … just where ARE all of you, on this ?

HEY, ALL YOU GIRLS ON THE PANEL OF “THE VIEW”! … CODE PINK ! … what d’y’all think about this ?

HEY KATIE ! … DIANE ! … RACHEL ! … ANDREA ! … MELISSA ! … GWEN ! … OPRAH ! … anybody out there ?
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Ok … Michele Richinick (MSNBC) does have this article on their website:
http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/militant-group-kidnaps-8-more-girls-nigeria

I guess that counts for something.

listens2glenn on May 6, 2014 at 12:21 PM

listens2glenn on May 7, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Now a less egotistical administration would have sent troops in the dead of night, found the girls and then announced what we did.

gophergirl on May 7, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Exactly. Or not even announced it at all.

GWB on May 7, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Obama sending help to Nigeria to answer the questions, “What drove Boko Haram to do this?” and “How can we address the underlying problem?”

/s

RedManBlueState on May 7, 2014 at 9:59 AM

What federal resources are going towards finding the 64,000 black women who go missing in the U.S. and are never found and never receive media attention in this country. Thanks for the Daily Male in covering that story.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2088428/The-shocking–forgotten–toll-missing-black-women-U-S.html

libfreeordie on May 7, 2014 at 10:02 AM

In New York, a spokesman for the U.N. high commissioner for human rights said at a news conference Tuesday, “We warn the perpetrators that there is an absolute prohibition against slavery and sexual slavery in international law.” He said that meant that those responsible could be “arrested, charged, prosecuted, and jailed at any time in the future.”

Well that outta do it, thanks UN. *rolls eyes*

Dash on May 7, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Lewiston, Maine comes to mind.

Cleombrotus on May 7, 2014 at 9:20 AM

There are enclaves everywhere. I go to Wal mart(on rare occasion) on Sunday night, and I might as well be in a Bazaar in Benghazi. Women in bags trailing behind their man in a ankle length nightshirt with 8 kids running around.

Murphy9 on May 7, 2014 at 10:02 AM

What federal resources are going towards finding the 64,000 black women who go missing in the U.S. and are never found and never receive media attention in this country. Thanks for the Daily Male in covering that story.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2088428/The-shocking–forgotten–toll-missing-black-women-U-S.html

libfreeordie on May 7, 2014 at 10:02 AM

And over 200,000 white women.

Any other groups we can cover to be fully multi-culti complaiant?

Murphy9 on May 7, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Why? How do you know you’ll arrive in time?

rogerb on May 7, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Zing!

Hill60 on May 7, 2014 at 10:15 AM

This is the way Vietnam started. Aid followed by military aid. Followed by advisers followed by military advisers. Followed by military guards followed by regular troops. A French created problem became an inherited American problem unnecessarily thanks to the JFK and LBJ.

There are 140+ countries in the world and unless our national interests are involved we should be careful about involvement– which can become both bloody and expensive. This is especially true since metaphorically speaking we are currently guided by a blind pilot, who cheated his way through flight school, is high on drugs and is flying in the middle of a category five storm in an obsolete plane.

MaiDee on May 7, 2014 at 10:19 AM

MaiDee on May 7, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Careful about involvement seems both correct and a bit obvious… but comments like this are why I’m interested to hear Rand Paul’s take.

Dash on May 7, 2014 at 10:37 AM

OK, why is this AMERICAS problem.
how about europe
how about the U.N.

how about all the liberals who are so “outraged” jump on a plane and go over there.

sniffles1999 on May 7, 2014 at 10:41 AM

But our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what this began as, it was a spontaneous — not a premeditated — response to their very offensive album called, “A Whiter Shade of Pale”.
– Susan Rice

Droopy on May 7, 2014 at 10:47 AM

. . . . . how about all the liberals who are so “outraged” jump on a plane, and go over there?

sniffles1999 on May 7, 2014 at 10:41 AM

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There aren’t any.

There are a few … who have given “lip-service”, after having the story thrown in their face, but no ‘genuine’ outrage.

listens2glenn on May 7, 2014 at 11:01 AM

US should simply tell this inhuman pos that he has 5 minutes to release these girls or he and his family and everyone he’s ever known will be turned in charcoal briquettes. Once we launch you have no escape and we will not call back the attack.

jaywemm on May 7, 2014 at 11:13 AM

and U.N. officials warning that the kidnappers could face arrest, prosecution and prison under international law.

UN interfere with Islam? The UN is Islam.

BL@KBIRD on May 7, 2014 at 11:16 AM

What federal resources are going towards finding the 64,000 black women who go missing in the U.S. and are never found and never receive media attention in this country. Thanks for the Daily Male in covering that story.

Notice in those stories where missing women become a national story have to do with the parents themselves going to the media. So don’t just go blame it on racism. Blame it on parents using every resource possible to find their children.

DethMetalCookieMonst on May 7, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Did somebody wake up Obama?????? There have been savage murders against Christians in Nigeria for a long time. Not only in Nigeria but in Syria and Egypt. Is it suddenly fashionable to come out now? This Obama does everything by politics and how it benefits him. Cair now is complaining to Fox about Bob Beckle’s anti muslim talk. Beckle said last night on The Five that “Don’t go after our producer but you can come after me”,,,, These muzzies are cowards when they are still in the minority.

garydt on May 7, 2014 at 11:27 AM

U.N. officials warning that the kidnappers could face arrest, prosecution and prison under international law.

Hahahaha, as if the UN is actually capable of capturing these individuals and prosecuting them. Based on the UN past sexual escapades, the girls have more to fear from the UN personnel if found than Boko Haram.

That being said, US officials should say, “We will hunt you down and kill you! After we kill you in the most painful death we can devise at the moment, we will then bury you in a grave filled with swine feces.

PrettyD_Vicious on May 7, 2014 at 11:30 AM

The US should have kept it’s mouth shut about this. Looks like Obama is trying to spike the football before he even crosses the goal line. “Hey, look at me! I’m going to help save those girls!”. Sort of like a running back starting a celebration dance as soon as he GETS the ball.

crosspatch on May 7, 2014 at 11:32 AM

What federal resources are going towards finding the 64,000 black women who go missing in the U.S. and are never found and never receive media attention in this country. Thanks for the Daily Male in covering that story.
 
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2088428/The-shocking–forgotten–toll-missing-black-women-U-S.html
 
libfreeordie on May 7, 2014 at 10:02 AM

 
Yet somehow you’re against those same 64,000 black women arming themselves, right professor?

rogerb on May 7, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Yet somehow you’re against those same 64,000 black women arming themselves, right professor?

rogerb on May 7, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Legally armed blacks tend to wander off the democrat plantation.

Can’t have that, can we?

CurtZHP on May 7, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Priorities. Priorities. Priorities. National interest. National interest. national interest. Currently the number 1 priority that involves our national interest is a nuclear armed Iran-whose leadership is nutty enough to actually use these weapons. If we had bombed them a year ago, with Israel’s coordinated help ,we not only would have eliminated the number one world threat (as well as the U.S.’s number one danger) but would have given Putin second or third thoughts about annexing the Crimea and perhaps the rest of Eastern Europe. That’s OBVIOUS.It would also have checked China’s gambit to annex Pacific islands.

This is why Nigeria worries me. It doesn’t involve our national interest which is precisely why liberals are interested in a US “commitment”. I can remember arguing with a group of Dartmouth College professors in the mid-60s who all wanted us to get militarily involved in Vietnam-of course for “humanitarian” reasons. I just wonder how many of these professors sons served in Vietnam? (If you guessed -0- you guessed right). You see liberals not only spend other people’s money for utopian pipe dreams but kill OTHER PEOPLE’S SONS in “humanitarian” wars.

MaiDee on May 7, 2014 at 11:53 AM

What federal resources are going towards finding the 64,000 black women who go missing in the U.S. and are never found and never receive media attention in this country. Thanks for the Daily Male in covering that story.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2088428/The-shocking–forgotten–toll-missing-black-women-U-S.html

libfreeordie on May 7, 2014 at 10:02 AM

LOL!

tanked59 on May 7, 2014 at 11:59 AM

What federal resources are going towards finding the 64,000 black women who go missing in the U.S…

libfreeordie on May 7, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Yet somehow you’re against those same 64,000 black women arming themselves, right professor?

rogerb on May 7, 2014 at 11:36 AM

 
Professor?

rogerb on May 7, 2014 at 12:16 PM

I would have had assistance over there the day after I found out. Then again I also would have sent troops to assist in Benghazi too, so obviously I’m a horrible politician and there’s a reason I don’t have authority to do those things.

nextgen_repub on May 7, 2014 at 12:17 PM

The US should have kept it’s mouth shut about this. Looks like Obama is trying to spike the football before he even crosses the goal line. “Hey, look at me! I’m going to help save those girls!”. Sort of like a running back starting a celebration dance as soon as he GETS the ball.

crosspatch on May 7, 2014 at 11:32 AM

You are right about that. Boko Haram will not hesitate to rape, mutilate and murder these girls, particularly to show the West how weak it is in the face of radical Islam. Obama should have done this undercover to sneak up on these basta*ds and annihilate them.

Unlike the rest of the Dark Continent, Nigeria prizes education for its men and women (even for some nefarious activities, but, hey, it’s a start) and are heavily invested in it, exporting and importing talent. I’ve known some excellent people from there.

gracie on May 7, 2014 at 12:45 PM

libfreeorgan on May 7, 2014 at 10:02 AM

…as a black bigoted boob…I didn’t expect you to give us any other link regarding any other statistics. Pathetic Professor.

KOOLAID2 on May 7, 2014 at 1:00 PM

The correct answer – sending a Ranger company backed with an aircraft carrier – wouldn’t occur to them.

formwiz on May 7, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Johnnyreb on May 7, 2014 at 8:17 AM

that’s quite a statement there…. since i haven’t met a single person much less a single female who is NOT outraged about this and who is not throwing a fit over it. Already wrote our letters to our senators and congress critters. please stop the generalizations that have no basis in fact just opinion. this is NOT a war on women anyway it is a war on Christianity , the girls taken were Christians not muslims

katee bayer on May 7, 2014 at 1:15 PM

this is NOT a war on women anyway it is a war on Christianity , the girls taken were Christians not muslims

katee bayer on May 7, 2014 at 1:15 PM

It’s actually both. Islam is a perpetual war against women and the infidel.

WryTrvllr on May 7, 2014 at 1:37 PM

OK, Barack. It’s time to see some of that drone stuff. After all, it’s just another Muslim terrorist. Go git ‘em.

koolbob on May 7, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Who ever they send I just hope the standing order is: Weapons Free(This is the order given by the bridge on a ship when the automatic defense systems, Phalanx, RAM, etc., are brought up and allowed to fire.)

Missilengr on May 7, 2014 at 3:22 PM

OK, Barack. It’s time to see some of that drone stuff. After all, it’s just another Muslim terrorist. Go git ‘em.

koolbob on May 7, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Takes a long time to move your assets from the mid-west and southern states all the way to Nigeria.

WryTrvllr on May 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Memo to Democrats: This is what a war on women looks like. Stop diminishing the phrase.

BuckeyeSam on May 7, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Amen.

By the way, you don’t see Jews or Christians:
1. Kidnapping and selling into slavery hundreds of girls just because they dared to be educated.
2. Flying planes into buildings.
3. Bombing marathons.
4. Storming shopping malls and killing everyone.

Religion of Peace, my butt.

Theophile on May 7, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Thanks for the Daily Male in covering that story.

Yes, he’s a nice guy. It’s good of him to drop by every day.

A Chair of Some Kind on May 7, 2014 at 9:56 PM