A team of United States military officials will be arriving Nigeria today, May 9 to join forces with local security officials in the search and rescue mission for over 200 girls abducted by Boko Haram.
Speaking early Friday, the US Secretary of State John Kerry said, “Our inter-agency team is hitting the ground in Nigeria now and they are going to be working with President Goodluck Jonathan’s government to do everything that we possibly can to return these girls.”
He said the US team will also do everything possible to curb Boko Haram activities in the country and called on the entire world to support Nigeria in wiping out the Boko Haram menace.
Meanwhile the U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, John Kirby, who serves as Pentagon press secretary has said there are no plans to send American combat troops into Nigeria but a small team of seven will join advisers supporting local efforts to find the abducted girls.
He also revealed that the task of recovering the girls appeared to have grown more complicated with news that U.S. intelligence believe the 276 girls might have been broken up into smaller groups by the Boko Haram terror group.
The abduction of over 200 school girls on April 14 from their school in Chibok community in Borno State, has drawn anger worldwide with calls and protests for swift action from the government.
Besides the United States, Britain, France and China have also offered to help rescue the missing girls.
France says it will station 3,000 troops in Nigeria’s neighbouring countries to help fight militants in the Sahel region.
British satellites and advanced tracking capabilities also will be used, and China has promised to provide any intelligence gathered by its satellite network.
President Jonathan had on Thursday said that the Chibok abduction will bring an end to Boko Haram.