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Nigerian leader visiting town of abducted girls

1 year ago May 16, 2014 May 16, 2014 Friday, May 16 2014 Friday, May 16, 2014 2:22:50 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - A community leader of the town from which Islamic extremists abducted more than 300 schoolgirls a month ago say an expected visit from Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan is "better late than never."

Chibok residents have expressed anger at the failure to rescue the girls whom the militants are threatening to sell into slavery unless the government frees detained insurgents. British officials say Jonathan has told them he will not consider an exchange.

Community leader Pobu Bitrus told The Associated Press that residents expect Jonathan Friday on a visit that is "better late than never."

The presidency said Jonathan is traveling later Friday to Paris for a French-organized summit including leaders of Nigeria's four neighbors to discuss how to address the regional threat posed by Nigeria's homegrown Boko Haram terrorist network.

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