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Pres. Jonathan Has “Welcomed & Accepted” US Offer to Find Chibok Girls

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CONFIRMED! The United States of America will help Nigeria in finding the 200+ Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram.

This comes hours after BN reported that US is in talks to send the FBI – read it here.

President Goodluck Jonathan has welcomed and accepted help. A team of experts will be sent to help as soon as possible.

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BBC Africa tweeted an official letter confirming the story, but later took it down. The letter states how the deployment was arranged and plans.

Read it;
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Tuesday welcomed and accepted a definite offer of help from the United States of America in the ongoing effort to locate and rescue the girls abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, three weeks ago.

The offer from President Barack Obama which was conveyed to President Jonathan by the United States Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry in a telephone conversation which began at 15:30 Hours today, included the deployment of U.S. security personnel and assets to work with their Nigerian counterparts in the search and rescue operation.

Mr. Kerry assured President Jonathan that the United States’ is wholly committed to giving Nigeria all required support and assistance to save the abducted girls and begin the reign of terror unleashed on parts of the country by Boko Haram to an end.

Thanking Mr. Kerry for the call and offer of further assistance, President Jonathan told him that Nigeria’s security agencies who were already working at full capacity to find and rescue the abducted girls would appreciate the deployment of American counter-insurgency know-how and expertise in support of their efforts.

After speaking with the United States Secretary of State, President Jonathan today met with the Chief of Defence Staff, Service Chiefs and heads of national security agencies in continuation of the national efforts to find and rescue the abducted girls.

The President received updates on the ongoing search and rescue effort and gave approval for recommended further actions.

Watch a press conference which took place a few hours ago

48 Comments

  1. Shadie

    May 6, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Hopefully, He has not sold half of the Nation for their help because America does not render manpower and resources unless Americas interest is fully served.

    • Peter

      May 6, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      Let him sell even everything, if that will stop further bloodshed and abductions. When dem no sell am, the wealth dey reach you???

    • stupidityslayer

      May 6, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      Abeg ask am o. No security, no electricity, no adequate healthcare, no potable water, poor education…..abeg sell the damn thing!!!

    • Opinion

      May 7, 2014 at 5:21 am

      @Peter, God bless you for your comment!!!

    • Teris

      May 10, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      softly brothers! don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.
      when the US moves in, they’re in for life. or until there is no economic or strategic benefit to be gained. in fact pulling out will be such that it still benefits them.

      Jonaa cannot be with us longer than 2019. and for the others, the grave has a constant receiving line.

      much as the Nigerian state leaves one perpetually bewildered and discouraged, i still like to believe that even the fellows on BN-community and others i know – who still care – must still position themselves and maintain a mindset that will take advantage of the opportunity when it comes to take back our country.

      #IMustRemainOptimistic4Naija

    • jcsgrl

      May 6, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      Lol ikr…The same thoughts came to my head. If they want us to contribute money sef to pay for their services, I no mind. Lets just find the girls please. I never get appetite to eat since…been staring into space like a widow wey em husband die

    • LadyGaby

      May 6, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      . At this point it doesn’t matter if he did or he didn’t. The bottom line is that we needed help and now we’ve got it.

    • nene

      May 6, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      gbam! i don’t know if i should be happy

    • ada

      May 7, 2014 at 8:25 am

      at this point we do not care! what have we the masses benefited from the resources anyway? these girls are being raped serially on top of all the other horrible things going on there. 1 who escaped said if they didnt convert to islam, their throat would be cut

  2. Person

    May 6, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Hmmmn. I pray with my whole hearts that they find and bring the girls home.

    I wonder what Jonathan Goodluck promised the Americans o. America don’t do nothing for FREE. #confam. Next thing we know, there will be US bases in Lagos and Calabar. All the other countries they have ‘helped’, we all know what happened o!

  3. toyin olaleye

    May 6, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Who cares is they offer half of what Nigeria has.. at least we’ll see results! at this point.. its over due.

  4. Thatgidigirl

    May 6, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    But are they santa claus? They should just carry tax payers money to help Nigeria cos its leaders can’t put their shyt together. How much help have they offered kenya (Obama’s own blood country)? As much as this is good news, i’m quite sure that its political. 2015 elections around the corner, and a few deals have been struck involving oil.

  5. Mr P

    May 6, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    President Goodluck Jonathan shame on you, this is a major faux pas. You no longer have a grip on your country that you have to resort to seeking help from the United States. This is the same United States that you damned all consequences, went against their wishes and granted your Comrade Alamseigha presidential pardon. Nothing goes for nothing…you have effectively ceded your presidential ambition and also mortgaged the essence of Nigeria to Boko Haram and the United States.

    • missy J

      May 6, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Shame on you what??? Jeeezz…do you think things before you air them out? Do you think Mr President loves it this way? Has it ever occur to you that this guy is fighting unseen rebels who undoubtfully are been sponsored by men in his cabinet? yeah cause how do they get their ammunitions? how are they been shipped into the country without being detected? Ofcourse they are been sponsored by officials in high places who are out to distabilize his regime. He inherited a dead military and you expect him to turn it into CIA within 4years of power cause he is a miracle worker shey? The worst thing that can ever happen to a great man is to dine with your enemies let alone identify them. Please you guys should cut this man some slag. He needs support and time. I bet no president would find it easy tackling these problems.What if he passes the orders but the men on the job sabotage the plans? Boko Haram infiltrated the government and the security services already; if you can look at this as Nigeria’s problem and not GEJ’s personal headache then you will be more empathic in your conclusions. Nigeria is at war my friend, you are either with your president and your Army or you are with the TERRORIST.

    • Meme

      May 7, 2014 at 4:04 am

      Take several seats please. Nigerians are forever in support of mediocrity.. It’s disgusting. Did Fashola not do something in Lagos cos he was handed down nonsense too? And yes although he’s a governor, it is proportionate and so in the same way, Jonathan’s duties should be proportionate. We are in far more problems now that America is involved so this is not the time to be talking about cutting some slacks… What nonsense…

  6. Albino

    May 6, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Yes!!! The big African elephant was sick and weak, and now is falling at the
    Mercy of the pale horse. If this formula works on Nigeria, the others in Africa better prepare. What goes around comes around, the French pale horse started his mission the euro-american one is joining them…hehehe big wahala for Africa. This pale horse are not so strong as our Big Black elephants, but deceit and distraction make up his powerful style all incorporated in a very old formula-PROBLEM/REACTION/SOLUTION. But we still can fight them.

    • Sharp

      May 6, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      My dear Albino, 99.9% of Nigerians will not have an inkling on the true meaning of your comment. All I’ll say is I hope our rains withstand the drought!

  7. chy

    May 6, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    You are absolutely right! America doesn’t help anyone for free and I don’t Blame them

  8. CC

    May 6, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    What happens after chibok, will the USA stay to fight boko haram? Will the war on terror move to africa, see drones, chemical attacks pretty much see syria,iraq,pakistan, afghanistan. all in the name of war on terror. Goodluck Jonathan I am ashamed of you!! You could have prevented this from the onset!! This the supossed giant of Africa, we a

    • stupidityslayer

      May 6, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      What has been happening before Chibok? Were we a shining example of democracy or one of the world’s developed nations? Jonathan has failed woefully and he has led us to this with his ineptitude and nobody else but him. He chose to dance and play with the tiger instead of killing it, so he has nobody to blame but himself. Let him step aside and let a REAL leader find Nigerian citizens for Nigeria

  9. Lolo

    May 6, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    It is finished.

  10. omonaija

    May 6, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    What are you all taking about…Nigeria needs help as we are not equipped to find these girls – has any arm of the Nigerian Armed Services or Police come out with useful intelligent information I ask you? But here you are talking about what the president offered in return. We need capable trained individuals to work on this and get the girls back and the US is capable of rendering assistance especially since the whole world is asking the US and UK to come to our help. We don’t have the equipment or personnel trained to do what is need and they do – I have co-workers who are trained Navy and Seals and they are in aware of how lacking our Armed Services in this situation.

    Just relate it to yourself, if the US say I want to bring your child/mother/father/sister back and I can do it by sending special forces (that go enter forest with high powerful equipment and track movement etc) on your behalf, will you wait to say what is the cost or would you say help me no matter what it will cost.

    Please folks – unless you all can provide Nigeria Armed Services to go and do what needs to do, keep quiet and be happy we now have help. If Nigeria like make we give them 50% of the revenue as someone it is not like Nigeria benefit from the revenue the country earns!

    • ada

      May 7, 2014 at 8:28 am

      your head is too correct! this mumu resources that haven’t benefited us anyways.

  11. Egbon

    May 6, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Naija,we too conplain,e no do anything. We say peresident no do anything,now e make attempt. We still dey complain. Can we ever be satisfy in this life?

  12. CC

    May 6, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Sigh

  13. Sheri berri

    May 6, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Let us pray this is not the beginning of the end. This does not sit well with me…

  14. hmm

    May 6, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    The most Nigeria will give them is like plenty plenty barrels of oil.

  15. Mz Socially Awkward....

    May 6, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    My biggest worry is that the presence of U.S support on the ground could attract the other angry hornets (i.e. Al Qaeda, etc..) to come and join their “brothers” in fighting their “cause” in Nigeria. We will never be the same as a country once that happens. I’m glad there’s some kind of respite in the future after suffering Jonathan’s staggering incompetence for this long but also not happy that it had to come to this.

    Will just be watching this space and saying my own prayers about Nigeria’s future.

    • CC

      May 6, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      My sentiments exactly!!!

    • Meme

      May 7, 2014 at 4:06 am

      Exactly! Like this has put us in more trouble seriously

    • Tincan

      May 7, 2014 at 8:09 am

      You raise a good point, but if popular opinion (which is by no means verifiable) is to be believed, Arab Muslims generally do not give a toss about black African Muslims. I may be very wrong but this is what I hear. Of course, there’s always the chance that they’ll unite in evil but this is the one case where I hope that the above rumour is true.

  16. banke

    May 6, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    you know what everyone should please be calm this are human lives and whatever steps needed to find them should be adopted. if you lack skills you ask for help theres nothing wrong with that if this people is one of your immediate siblings you wouldnt be talking about how deliquent a president is and all this is not the time for that. please bring these girls back to their family and as for the critics who always say everthing wrong i bet you dont even have the right tools to apply if you are given the oppourtunity i said RIGHT tools not just any tool. lets all strive for unity at this time and i pray this girls are found by the helpers and brought home save to their family where their healings can start.

  17. NaijaPikin

    May 6, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Anything promised to America is well worth it if we can get results.

    Afterall our leaders are chopping the money solo in their mansions and private jets and the masses are not seeing anything. America might as well get a piece from our looters (oops i mean leaders) and give the masses some results.

    They should know they are not coming to assist sha, they are coming to take over from these our clueless ones

  18. AR

    May 6, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    if selling everything will bring back our girls and restore back sanity to our country let him sell.
    There is no shame in seeking help at this point in time when things are hitting up! it is only a wise man that opens up to his problem that is offered solution to.
    What else do Nigeria what want from this family, they are not perfect and I’m not trying to take side here. Nigerians pick on anything they do, if the Wife Cry they will complain, if she doesn’t they will say she’s not passionate! if Johnathan does not seek help, they will complain! if he seek help they will complain! haba! please give this man some credit!

  19. Concerned9ja

    May 6, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Jonathan has played his ACE..this is nothing but a smokescreen for his 2015 ambitions…past 2 and a half years you never invited them why is now so different??Nigeria was very opposed to US military bases in Africa…how long would they be stationed in as someone said..Lagos and Calabar…Well we are caught between a rock and a hard place…hope they would be using some of that 3.5 billion security budget to pay them off…we sure don’t want to be colonized..once bitten..forever smitten!!

  20. IRR

    May 6, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    HAVE YOU GUY FORGOTTEN THE SAME NIGERIA ARMY FOUGHT IN LIBERIA AS ECOMOG SOLDIER AND IN MONROVIA ON A SOUL THEY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT AND DEFECT THE REBELS? AND THE SAME ARMY NO FIT FIGHT BOKO BOYS FOR INSIDE NIGERIA…THINK AM WELL POLITICS DEY THIS THIS KIDNAPPING MATTER

  21. ibukungeorge

    May 6, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Lord have mercy!Even I shudder at the thought.America don’t give out anything for free.Lord please step into the situation.Just the same way you did during Abacha’s regime..Save Nigeria.On the other hand all these issues around the world Christ coming is so close…Lord prepare my soul.

    • ada

      May 7, 2014 at 9:40 am

      that is just the prayer! to be prepared for Christ’s coming

  22. bringbackourgirls

    May 6, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    am disapointed in u guys. I wish God did nt create u guys, why can!t u guys think well. U claim christian n muslim but we think like animals, dis is nt johnathan false, it political enemy dat sponsors this animals cal boko, jus 2 spoil his rigime, am nt into politics bt dis is very clear even a kid can read d handwriting on d wall. Any body dat take over 4rm Gej wil be worse mark my words. If it was another president, dis wil turn 2 war, and any president that take over could lead to NIGER DELTA MILITANT ANGER 2 AROUSE. AND MIND U BOKO IS ANT_WESTERN EDUCATION. THINK HOW 9JA WIL BE. SO WE STOP BLAMING GEJ. JUST PRAY 4 OUR GIRLS 2 RETURN. AM CRYING, BRINGBACKOUSISTERS

  23. Suntan

    May 7, 2014 at 12:07 am

    May the Giant of Africa always stand strong and God contend with our contenders. Amen.

  24. Wifey

    May 7, 2014 at 2:21 am

    It is good that Jonathan asked for help. But lets not fool ourselves, everything comes at a cost. And there is nothing wrong in asking and understanding the cost.

    Yes the US has an interest in Nigeria. And frankly, the only reason the US is helping is because it has the sympathy of the American people. If that sympathy was not there, this “help” may not have been offered.

    What if next year the US has a republican president/senate/congress that does not want to help Africa, and BH strikes again. What then?

    Yes lets take the help now. But more important than that, Nigerian govt should be building its intellgence and treating this like a chess match. i.e.thinking 3 and 4 steps ahead.

    I really hope we are not the next “Iraq”

  25. mrs chidukane

    May 7, 2014 at 8:07 am

    My own is that our President is not the smartest most cunning,neither are his advisors. Hope he defined the terms of this agreement clearly and knows the scope.Hope America is not coming to stay.Majority of the commenter’s here don’t even live in Nigeria so I won’t even be excited with you people. I’m just very worried as to what the future holds.

  26. sweetty

    May 7, 2014 at 10:20 am

  27. sum1special

    May 7, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    The world is definitely coming to an end. Live each second like its your very last.

  28. Anonymous

    May 7, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    @Missy J, God bless your soul!!! Dear Nigerians on this platform; let me use this opportunity to inform you that GEJ INHERITED a failed “state” and we are only seeing how bad it is now because this has happened. Let me give you thoughts to think on
    1) What intelligence does your Army have that you want them to use in locating these girls. I can categorically tell you that 50 out of 2000 in the military are uneducated.
    2) Pls ask urself whr did the BH get the armored tank from? If it wasnt imported then its from our country military arsenal. and if its from our military who gave it out? if it was stolen, who reported it missing?
    3) Why only 180 names released and not the 230 claimed.

    It simply shows our government is flawed, and pls NOTE it didnt start from GEJ govt.

  29. Concerned9ja

    May 7, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    You say he inherited a failed state…??..oh yeah the same failed state that settled it’s external debt..
    No Intell8gence you say…So why have a 3.5 billion dollar budget..listen to yourself. ..you think we fools abi..someone just mentioned. .9ja soldiers fighting in unknown terrain like liberia and Sierra Leone..yet scared to get near a bush in our own backyard. .

  30. lekside

    May 7, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    what are nigeria Police doing only to run follow okada for 20 naira

  31. Bb

    May 7, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    My advice once dey get hold of all ds boko pple dey shuld kill dem immediately because if dey end up putting dem in jail . The man behind of ds will bring dem bck.

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