Nigerians today marked three years since the mass abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls by Boko Haram extremists amid anger that government efforts to negotiate their freedom appear to have stalled.
Activists rallied in the capital, Abuja, and commercial hub Lagos to urge President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to do more to free the nearly 200 schoolgirls who remain captive. Nigeria in October announced the release of 21 of the Chibok school girls after negotiations with the extremist group, and it said another group of 83 girls would be released very soon.
No one has been freed since then. The government this week said negotiations have gone quite far but face challenges. It refused to give details, citing security reasons.