Missing girls: Zim 'must send troops to Nigeria'

2014-05-14 14:06
A screengrab taken from a video released by Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls wearing the full-length hijab. (AFP)

A screengrab taken from a video released by Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls wearing the full-length hijab. (AFP)

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Cape Town – A Zimbabwean member of parliament has called on the country to send troops to assist the Nigerian government currently under siege from al-Qaeda linked Islamist group Boko Haram.

The MP’s remarks come amid international outcry over the abduction of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram from their school last month.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, Joseph Chinotimba said African states should take the issue seriously and intervene in the oil rich country to help save the lives of the abducted girls.

His sentiments were shared by South African artist and activist Ntsiki Mazwai who said there was need for African countries to get involved in the search for the missing children, after the US said it was flying aircraft over Nigeria and sharing commercial satellite imagery in the hunt for the girls.

"It is unfortunate that it is not an African country that is coming to the aid of Africa," Mazwai was quoted by eNCA as saying.

Meanwhile Nigeria has expressed its willingness to talk to Boko Haram as the United States sent its top Africa general for talks on the rescue mission of the girls.

Britain, France, China and Israel are some of the international countries assisting in the search for the schoolgirls.
- News24
Read more on:    boko haram  |  nigeria  |  zimbabwe  |  abductions  |  southern africa  |  nigeria kidnappings  |  west africa
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