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President Goodluck Jonathan today accepted a definite offer of help from the United States of America to locate and rescue the girls abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok three weeks ago, a presidential statement has said.
“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, includes the deployment of U.S. security personnel and assets to work with their Nigerian counterparts in the search and rescue operation.”
It added that Mr. Kerry assured President Jonathan of the full commitment of the United States to giving Nigeria the required support and assistance to save the abducted girls and bring the reign of terror unleashed on parts of the country by Boko Haram to an end.
Mr. Jonathan told Mr. Kerry that Nigeria’s security agencies would appreciate the deployment of American counter-insurgency know-how and expertise in support of their efforts.
The statement further said that following Mr. Jonathan’s conversation with Mr. Kerry, he 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 girls.
Mr. Jonathan received updates on the situation, and gave approval for recommended further actions, the statement said.