NIGERIA PRESIDENT MEETS RELATIVES OF HOSTAGE SCHOOLGIRLS

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ABUJA: Relatives scarred by Boko Haram’s mass abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls recounted their nightmare to President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), in their first meeting with Nigeria’s leader 100 days after the shocking attack. Jonathan, whose handling of the hostage crisis has been fiercely criticized, held talks in the capital Abuja with the families of the teenagers who are still missing as well as girls who escaped their Islamist captors. Some of those who traveled from Chibok—the remote northeastern town assaulted by Boko Haram on April 14—burst into tears when the president entered the room, an Agence France-Presse reporter said. The talks were closed to the media but speaking afterwards one participant said the exchange was cordial, if inconclusive. “It was a very peaceful and loving meeting. No arguments,” said Ayuba Chibok, who has nieces among the hostages.

AFP

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