Coons to chair Senate hearing on Nigeria school girls' kidnapping

By Peter MacArthur 9:53am, May 14, 2014 - Updated 10:23am, May 14, 2014
Senator Chris Coons (WDEL/file)
Thursday, one month to the day since close to 300 Nigerian school girls were kidnapped, Senator Chris Coons is chairing a hearing on that government's response to the offer of U.S. aid to help find them.

Coons, who heads up the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, talks about one primary goal of the hearing.

"Why it took the administration of Nigeria, why it took the president weeks to wake up to the fact that this was a crisis that deserved an immediate response. Several weeks went by before American offers of assistance were accepted and before the president of Nigeria and his administration began to act to respond to this mass kidnapping of several hundred Nigerian school girls."

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Coons says the hearing will also focus on any impediments to U.S. aid being carried out fully, and will examine the broader issue of Boko Haram's years-long terror campaign in Nigeria and the region.

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