Hillary Clinton Says Nigerian Government 'Somewhat Derelict' in Response to Kidnapping

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told ABC News' Robin Roberts that the kidnapping of 300 girls in Nigeria merits "the strongest response possible."
3:12 | 05/07/14

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I mean this is a perfect storm. All the issues that are of concerning. Matters to those of us who follow women and girls. Around the world and in particular what's happening in. North Africa. The seizure of these young women. By this. The radical. Extremist group spoke of a rom is abominable it's criminal. It's an act of terrorism. And it. Really merits. The fullest response possible first and foremost from a government of Nigeria. The government of Nigeria has been in my view. -- what -- -- in its responsibility. Toward protecting. Boys and girls men and women in northern Nigeria over the last years. They need to make it a priority. To do everything they can to. Try to bring these girls home safely and that. I believe requires assistance from others including the United States we have offered President Obama made that offer -- know. Secretary Kerry conveyed it directly to president good luck Jonathan so has the EU so has the UK. It is primarily a Nigerian government responsibility. But we know very well that it is in a part of the country that has been increasingly. Out of the government's control. This is not the first assault on a school that Boca parameters possible for. I when I was secretary had numerous conversations with the president other members of his cabinet and security forces. That this required a much greater effort by the government in a bush and it also required. More of an outreach on development and assistance. In the region but focusing right now on the crisis of trying to find these young women and return them and you know another group was kidnapped. Yesterday out of another village. Means that the Nigerian government must accept help particularly intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance help. Their troops have to be the ones who do what is necessary. But they can do a better job if they accept the offers that are being made and the world is watching we want our girls -- it's horrible -- it's horrible and you know the it is a -- Terrible example. Of what we're seeing on fortunately more of the use of of women. And girls particularly. As victims of war of slaves for these militia groups as they Rampage from -- for south to the Central African Republic. Eastern Congo and other places in between. And a failure of local law enforcement. Local. Community support and then that entire national government in this is a problem. Not just in Nigeria but -- and Nigeria's more resources and more capacity to do more and they should be expected to.

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