The UK’s foreign secretary has expressed his views on the abduction of over 200 girls in Nigeria saying the ‘situation was desperate’.
The foreign secretary was speaking to Eamon Holmes on Sky News this morning about the abduction of the girls some of whom are barely teenagers by Islamist group Boko Haram over three weeks ago.
Hague expressed his frustration and that of the international community on what many perceive to be Nigeria’s unwillingness to accept international help despite numerous offers from Britain and now the US.
The foreign minister stated that Britain could not ‘just walk in’ and that Nigeria had to invite countries to help if they needed it.
“I asked the Nigerian Government weeks ago if there was any assistance the UK could provide, so we have been talking to them.”
“Now that the United states is providing a specific package of assistance, it may be easier for the rest of us.”
Presenter Eamon Holmes asked William Hague why he thinks Nigeria hasn’t asked for international help to which he replied, ‘Many countries prefer to deal with this cases on their own.’
‘It shows the true horror of these organisations, if the world can’t act to deal with these things the trail goes cold after a few weeks.,’ he said.
Hague also added that the UK ambassador to Nigeria was also in talks with the Nigerian government to see how the UK could be of assistance.
President Goodluck Jonathan has endured local and international criticism for what many believe is his slow response to tackle the abduction of the girls as they slept in their dormitory on the 14th of April.
Nigerians have taken to the streets to protest that the country does more to get the girls back. Over the past week, there have been protests in various states in Nigeria as well as in London and the USA with members of the US congress holding a minute’s silence yesterday to highlight their continued abduction.
After weeks of dithering, President Goodluck Jonathan has now accepted the offer from the United States to help with many fearing it’s taken too long to rescue the girls.
The leader of Boko Haram released a video this week declaring that he ‘will sell the abducted girls’. This has added to fears for the safety of the girls as they continue to be in captivity at the hands of their captors.