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Nigerian schoolgirls remain captives, but the Obamas move on

Although President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have moved on to other projects, the more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by alleged members of the radical Muslim group Boko Haram are still missing and police officials have had little success in freeing them, according to news reports on Saturday and Sunday.

More than a month after the Obamas dramatic plea for terrorists to free the Nigerian schoolgirls.
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Submitting his summary report, Nigeria's police commander, Brigadier General Ibrahim Sabo, claims that the status of the 219 girls who remain captives has not changed since Boko Haram terrorists allegedly invaded an all-girl's school in northeast Nigeria on April 14, 2014, and kidnapped the unprotected schoolgirls.

The abduction of the female teenagers garnered global attention and for awhile became a cause celebre with President Obama promising to send U.S. special forces to assist in the search for the children and Mrs. Obama making YouTube videos holding up a sign demanding the terrorists to "Bring Back Our Girls!"

During a fundraiser in May, President Obama claimed that he awakens each morning thinking about the schoolgirls kidnapped by Nigerian Muslims and that he wished he could "save those kids."

But it was later discovered that Obama only deployed 18 specials forces troops, 10 of which were already stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria. They were deployed to only provide training and intelligence.

The shocking kidnapping of so many young girls coupled with increasing terrorist attacks and bombings by Boko Haram have caused Nigerians to question the ability of its leader, President Goodluck Jonathan, to defeat the Islamist group, which has declared its intention to take control of the northern part of the country, where the majority of the Muslims live.

"It's all about setting up a caliphate in Nigeria, despite that country's majority identifying themselves as Christians," said former police counterterrorism unit member John Kubisty, now a private security consultant.

Last week, 14 Nigerians, including children, were murdered by jihadists when their IED (improvised explosive device) blew up where soccer spectators gathered to watch a World Cup televised from Brazil.

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