Washington – The United States government it has not given up on efforts to rescue the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram.
The girls were abducted in 2014 in Chibok, Borno State.
According to Punch, the US assured Nigeria that efforts were ongoing to locate and rescue the girls, adding that it was providing security assistance to the country.
This came as the second anniversary of the girls' captivity approached.
"And as the second anniversary of the Chibok girls’ captivity approaches, we continue to actively support the efforts to locate these girls – none of us has given up on the fight to bring these girls home," the US was quoted as saying.
Recent reports indicated that Western governments spotted the girls shortly after they were abducted but failed to rescue them.
The reports said that the US and the United Kingdom knew about the whereabouts of the girls but experts felt nothing could be done.
"A couple of months after the kidnapping, fly-bys and an American eye in the sky spotted a group of up to 80 girls in a particular spot in the Sambisa Forest, around a very large tree, called locally the Tree of Life, along with evidence of vehicular movement and a large encampment," British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Dr Andrew Pocock was quoted as saying.
Pocock said that authorities were "powerless" to intervene – and the Nigerian government "did not ask for help anyway".
- News24 Nigeria