The latest on the Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped is that the government is no closer to finding them and that Michelle Obama is “outraged and heartbroken” at the terrorist act.
First lady Michelle Obama condemned the “unconscionable” kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, saying the action was taken by “a terrorist group determined to keep these girls from getting an education.”
“Like millions of people across the globe, my husband and I are outraged and heartbroken” over the mass kidnapping by the terrorist group Boko Haram, the first lady said Saturday in the White House weekly address.
President Barack Obama has directed his administration to do everything possible to help the Nigerian government, she said.
Then there’s the report that has surfaced in the last 24 hours that the Nigerian government actually got wind of Boko Haram’s kidnap plot and did nothing about it:
The Nigerian government found itself scrutinized after a new report charged that Nigerian military commanders knew the terror group was on its way to raid a boarding school in the northeastern town of Chibok at least four hours before 276 girls were abducted.
The findings by human rights group Amnesty International echo accounts of a number of the girls’ parents and villagers, who have described to CNN an ineffective military response in the days and weeks after the girls were taken.
President Goodluck Jonathan’s government vowed to investigate the allegations even as it defended its military response and questioned the motive behind the accounts.
“This is really outrageous, unbelievable,” Minister of Information Labaran Maku told CNN.
Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, took credit for the mass kidnappings in a video that surfaced this week. He said he planned to sell the girls into slavery.
Yes, there is much to be outraged about over this terrible incident. But lost in all the chest thumping and “We are the World” pontificating is the bare fact that the reason those girls were taken is because they are Christian.