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Activist Malala says Nigerian president vows kidnapped girls will be home 'soon'

Published on Jul 14, 2014 9:38 PM
 

ABUJA (REUTERS) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan promised on Monday that more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militants would "soon" return home, teenage Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai said after meeting him.

Malala, who became a global celebrity after surviving being shot in the head by the Taleban for campaigning for girls'education, was visiting Nigeria to support an international campaign for the release of the students abducted in mid-April by the Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram.

The Pakistani teenager, who turned 17 on Saturday, at the weekend met parents of the schoolgirls snatched from the north-eastern village of Chibok by Boko Haram fighters.

The Nigerian girls' plight triggered an international #BringBackOurGirls Twitter campaign supported by US First Lady Michelle Obama and actress Angelina Jolie. This drew global attention to the war in Nigeria's northeast and the growing security risk that Boko Haram poses to Nigeria, Africa's leading energy producer.

Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai speaks during a meeting with the leaders of the #BringBackOurGirls Abuja campaign group, in Abuja on July 13, 2014. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan promised on Monday, July 14, 2014 that more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militants would "soon" return home, teenage Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai said after meeting him. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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