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BY Abena Agyeman-Fisher, 2:35pm May 08, 2014,

China, U.S., France, U.K. & Billionaire All Pledge To #BringBackOurGirls at WEF 2014

Goodluck Jonathan

At the World Economic Forum (WEF), which is being held from May 7th to May 9th, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (pictured) spoke to the international support his nation is receiving in order to not only retrieve the missing girls of Chibok and Warabe, but also stamp out the terrorist presence of Boko Haram, according to BBC.

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Thanking China, the United States, France, and the United Kingdom for their assistance to #BringBackOurGirls, President Jonathan also thanked WEF attendees for coming to Nigeria in spite of the incessant Boko Haram attacks in the past week, “[Thank you for coming] especially at this time that as a nation we are facing attacks of terrorists.” President Jonathan also said that their presence was a “major blow for the terrorists. If you had refused to come because of fear, the terrorists would have jubilated.”

Jonathan went on to say that the worldwide assistance his country was getting meant that this is a turning point in the reign of Boko Haram, “I believe that the kidnap of these girls will be the beginning of the end of terror in Nigeria.”

In addition to the United States offering a “coordination cell,” where they will investigate the leads for the abduction and provide “hostage negotiation expertise,” on Tuesday, France said they will send 3,000 troops to the Sahel region in order to target the terrorists. China has communicated that they will assist in the search of the students, while the U.K. says it will also provide their expertise.

But nations aren’t the only ones putting their money where their mouths are.

The Nigerian business community pledged $10 million in order to provide 500 schools with Aliko Dangotesecurity. In addition, Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote (pictured at right), also promised $2.3 billion.

The BBC reports:

“Nigerian businessman Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, said that he would invest $2.3bn (£1.35bn) in sugar and rice production in the north of the country to help create jobs in the impoverished area.”

Malala YousafzaiTaliban-shooting survivor and renowned Pakistan journalist Malala Yousafzai (pictured) also chimed in about the importance of not giving in to terrorists, “If we remain silent, then this will spread. This will happen more and more and more.”
While it remains to be seen how effective the international support is, Dangote’s approach of providing a long-lasting solution to northern Nigeria’s conundrum of unemployment, which obviously provides fertile soil for terrorists to recruit challenged youth, is the type of ongoing mind-set Africans the world over need to have in order to beat back issues such as this permanently.


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