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Chibok Girls: African Union Delegates To Visit Jonathan On Monday

Jacob Oyewale, Abuja

As the abduction of over 200 school girls in Chibok, Borno state by Boko Haram sect on April 14, 2014 continue to attract both local and international condemnation, the international communities have described the abduction as evil and attempt to stop girls education in northern Nigeria.

ChibokThe African Union delegates would on Monday visit President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja to discuss new approach towards the rescue of the girls alive.

The African Union will engage the Federal Government and other stakeholders in a meeting during their stay in Nigeria to find new way to rescue the more than 200 girls abducted by insurgents in Chibok, Borno.

The AU Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security, Mrs Benita Diop made this known at the close of the Conference of Ministers of Social Development on Saturday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Mrs Benita Diop is expected to lead the delegation to Abuja on Monday, June 2 to inform the Federal Government on the new approach to rescue the abducted girls.

She said AU would continue to evolve mechanisms to protect the girl-child through robust policies on education, among others.

The AU Ministers, under the auspices of the Fourth Conference on Social Development convened with stakeholders to review efforts toward ending child marriage in Africa.

The African Union Commission had in May, 2014 announced that 39,000 underage girls were sent out for marriage daily in Africa and urged for more efforts to tackle the practice and allow such girls to face their future through adequate education.


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