Nigeria kidnap: David Cameron joins “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign

Prime Minister David Cameron has

promised Britain "will do what we can" to

help find more than 200 kidnapped

Nigerian schoolgirls.

He made the comments as he held a sign

bearing the "#Bring Back Our Girls" slogan on

the BBC's Andrew Marr show.

Mr Cameron is the latest high-profile

supporter of the social media campaign after

US First Lady Michelle Obama was pictured

with a similar poster.

The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has

claimed the abductions.

During the programme, fellow guest Christiane

Amanpour, CNN's chief international

correspondent, handed Mr Cameron the sign

and asked if he would like to join the


Taking it from her, he replied: "Happily."

Mr Cameron later tweeted: "Proud to support


'Immensely complicated'

He told the BBC One programme: "I rang the

Nigerian president to offer anything that

would be helpful and we agreed to send out a

team that includes some counter-terrorism

and intelligence experts to work alongside the

bigger American team that's going out there.

"We stand ready to do anything more that the

Nigerians would want."

He said it was unlikely Nigeria would ask for

British troops to help but added: "I said to

President Jonathan where we can help, please

ask, and we will see what we can do."

Mr Cameron also spoke of the importance of

tackling extremism around the world.

"This is not just a problem in Nigeria," he said.

"We're seeing this really violent extreme

Islamism – we see problems in Pakistan, we see

problems in other parts of Africa, problems in

the Middle East.

"Also, let's be frank, here in the UK there is

still too much support for extremism that we

have to tackle, whether it's in schools or

colleges or universities or wherever."

He recognised it was not an easy task to look

for the girls, who were taken from their

school in Chibok on 14 April.

'Information gaps'

"We can't just pile in and do whatever we'd

like," said Mr Cameron. "It's immensely

complicated because they are probably in this

deep area of jungle that is three times the size

of Wales.

"But it's good that efforts are being stepped

up and we'll do what we can."

The Foreign Office has said there are "large

information gaps" because of the scale and

nature of the incident.

"The priority for the team in the first instance

is establishing the facts such as the precise

identities of those taken and what has actually

happened to help Nigeria build a better

picture," a spokesman said.

Mrs Obama has described herself and Barack

Obama as being "outraged and heartbroken"

over the girls' abduction.

Speaking instead of her husband in the weekly

presidential address, she said: "What happened

in Nigeria was not an isolated incident. It's a

story we see every day as girls around the

world risk their lives to pursue their


The Pope has also tweeted his support ,

writing: "Let us all join in prayer for the

immediate release of the schoolgirls kidnapped

in Nigeria. #BringBackOurGirls."

During Sunday's programme, Amanpour told

Marr about the social media drive, saying: "On

the one hand, the hashtag is great because it

mobilises people.

"On the other hand, I'm a tiny bit concerned

it's a big bubble that then collapses with

nothing really being done."

However she said Nigeria is "100% saturated

with social media" and that "this (campaign) is

really getting to the people in Nigeria".

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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