President Cancels Visit To Village Of Abducted Girls
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[May 16, 2014]
ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's
President Goodluck Jonathan has cancelled his first visit to the village
from which more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted by Islamist rebel
group Boko Haram a month ago due to security fears, senior government
sources said on Friday.
Jonathan will instead fly directly from the capital Abuja to Paris
on Friday for a regional summit to discuss the Boko Haram insurgency
and wider insecurity and will not now make a stop in the
northeastern village of Chibok, said one of the sources.
"The president was planning to go but security advised otherwise on
the visit," said the source of the last-minute decision to cancel
the Chibok part of the trip.
Some Nigerians have criticized the government's initial response to
the plight of the girls, who were abducted on April 14, and U.S.
officials this week said the government had done too little to adapt
to the threat posed by Boko Haram.
Jonathan asked France last week to arrange a security summit with
neighbors Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin, and officials from the
United States, Britain and the European Union to discuss a
coordinated response. The summit will take place on Saturday.
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Jonathan, the former vice-president, assumed the presidency of
Africa's most populous nation in 2010 on the death in office of his
predecessor Umaru Yar'Adua and won an election the following year.
Nigeria will go to the polls again next year.
(Reporting by Felix Onuah; Writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg; Editing by
Bate Felix and Janet Lawrence)
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