*As U.S. lawyers task Nigeria on Chibok girl discrimination
The United States president, Donald Trump’s administration has revealed to lawmakers its 5-year plan to address the Boko Haram.
The revelation was pursuant to a bill proposed by Congresswoman Fredericka Wilson and signed into law by president Obama.
This was contained in notification letter addressed to the congresswoman by the US Department of State (see attached.)
Last month, U.S. Senator Susan Collins and U.S. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson led a bipartisan group of 50 Members of Congress in writing to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats.
The Congresswoman was requesting an update on their efforts to counter Boko Haram.
In December 2016, legislation introduced by Senator Collins and Congresswoman Wilson was signed into law requiring the Administration to develop a comprehensive plan to help the Nigerian government and its partners combat Boko Haram and address the legitimate concerns of affected, vulnerable populations.
Senator Collins and Congresswoman Wilson’s legislation, which responded to the terrorist organization’s kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls in Nigeria in 2014, directs the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, and the Director of National Intelligence to submit to Congress a five-year anti-Boko Haram strategy by June 12, 2017.
“While we were encouraged by the release of 82 of the Chibok schoolgirls last week, it is imperative that we remember that many of the girls remain in captivity along with untold hundreds of other women, men, and children who have been kidnapped by Boko Haram,” Senator Collins and Congresswoman Wilson wrote.
“[We] look forward to receiving an update on your efforts to develop an anti-Boko Haram strategy and beginning the process of dismantling Boko Haram and reuniting all of the Chibok schoolgirls with their families.”
In a separate development, lawyers in the US have written to the acting president and the UN urging the government of Nigeria not to discriminate against the Chibok girls but to treat all of them fairly.
The American lawyers are also seeking UN mediation in the matter if Nigeria fails to step up to its duty to provide for some of the escaped girls in the US (see attached) who have been denied assistance.
Two of those girls who recently graduated from High School are planning to attend university in the US.
To see Senator Collins and Congresswoman Wilson’s letter Click HERE for a signed copy of the letter.
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