WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the U.S. will do everything it can to help Nigeria find nearly 300 teenage girls who have been missing since they were abducted from school three weeks ago by an Islamist extremist group that has threatened to sell them.
Finding the girls is the immediate priority, Obama said, and dealing with the Boko Haram group is a close second.
“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 Al Roker of NBC television‘s “Today” program. “But we’re also going to have to deal with the broader problem of organizations like this that … can cause such havoc in people’s day-to-day lives.”
Obama said the Nigerian government has accepted technical assistance from U.S. military and law enforcement officials.
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