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Chibok Girls: US Shared Additional Surveillance – Power Says

Apr 22, 2016


The United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power said the U.S. in recent months have been able to give additional information sharing platforms and additional surveillance to aid the fight against Boko Haram.

Ms. Power who spoke with State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the rescue of the Chibok girls remains a priority.

She said: “The issue of the Chibok girls and other adaptations is of huge priority to the U.S. And it was the issue I discussed at length with President Buhari today .

“We had moved to provide the information and intelligence needed to the Nigerian authorities. We have in recent months been able to allocate additional information sharing platforms and additional surveillance to aid the fight against Boko Haram .

“We will not rest. We will continue to deepen our partnership and be more effective with out partners on the ground. We are determined to support Nigeria and other neighbouring countries to secure more rescues of adopted people and releases in the days and weeks ahead .

According to her; “The recent video was one part of our discussion and the larger puzzle that will need to be assembled.”

Power led a 42-member high-power delegation from President Barack Obama to Nigeria in support of the three priority areas of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

She said the three areas; security, economy and governance remain the focus of the delegation’s visit to Nigeria.

The head of the delegation at a joint press conference with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said Nigeria was a strategic partner to the U.S. not only in Africa but globally.

“As you (Onyeama) indicated, Obama has sent me and members of his cabinet to lead an inter-agency delegation to Nigeria,” she said.

Power said the delegation would reflect on the three pillars of the administration; security, economy and governance.

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