Jonathan cancels Chibok visit

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
May 16th, 2014
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President Goodluck Jonathan has called off a visit to the town where more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted, officials said.

Sources had told the BBC he would stop in Chibok, in Borno State, on his way to a conference in France where strategies to tackle the Boko Haram threat would be discussed.

But the visit was called off for security reasons, the officials said.

The President – under pressure over his government’s failure to rescue the girls – will fly direct to Paris.

The BBC says the cancellation of this visit underlines just how fragile the security situation is in the north-east.

On Thursday, the girls’ relatives called for their unconditional release by Boko Haram.

Jonathan is said to have ruled out negotiations over a possible release of prisoners.

Nothing was seen of the girls for almost a month after they were taken from Chibok.

But on Monday the group released a video showing more than 100 of them and offering an exchange for prisoners.

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