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Co-Chairs of the Congressional Nigerian Caucus Condemn Boko Haram's Kidnapping of Over 300 Schoolboys in Katsina State
WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representatives Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Nigerian Caucus, released the following statements on Boko Haram’s kidnapping of over 300 schoolboys at the Government Science secondary school in Katsina State in northwestern Nigeria on Friday, December 11, 2020. This attack comes just two weeks after Boko Haram killed 110 people in a village near Maiduguri.
"Six years after the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapping, Boko Haram has continued to terrorize the people of Nigeria simply for seeking access to education for their children,” said Congressman Chabot. “This time, the kidnapping of over 330 schoolboys is not only the largest mass kidnapping of schoolchildren in history, but it is also a heartbreaking crime against innocent children and their families. We must not stand idly by as Boko Haram continues to terrorize the Nigerian people, and I will continue to work with Congresswoman Jackson Lee and all of our colleagues to secure the release of the children."
"It is time for the Nigerian Government to stand up and seek a resolution to preserve their democracy and hold Boko Haram and other terrorist groups accountable for the kidnapping of children and countless brutal attacks on innocent citizens," said Congresswoman Jackson Lee. "I do not know how much longer the world can look to Nigeria for leadership to resolve this horrendous disregard for human life. The future of Nigerian citizens is in jeopardy and its time for the Nigerian Government to send a strong message to the Boko Haram that they will no longer tolerate their complete disregard for human life and their disregard for the laws of the Republic of Nigeria. The violence has to stop, and the human rights and security of the Nigerian people have to be preserved and honored.”
As Co-Chairs of the Congressional Nigerian Caucus, we will continue to stand in solidarity with the people of Nigeria and demand that the Government of Nigeria take immediate action and locate all these young men and put an end to the Boko Haram.
The Congressional Nigerian Caucus is a bipartisan caucus in Congress. The Caucus spearheads pro-Nigerian initiatives and legislative efforts to foster friendship, understanding and cooperation between the United States and Nigeria.