Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot by the Taliban because she advocated education for girls, visits Abuja, Nigeria, July 13, 2014.
ABUJA — Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has promised Malala Yousafzai — a Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban on her way to school — that his government will rescue the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram. The promise came at a special meeting in Abuja Monday, exactly three months after the girls were taken. Boko Haram has also released a new video mocking activists calling for the return of the girls.
“I spoke to him about those girls whom I met yesterday, and who were telling me they cannot go to school,” Malala said. “They have dreams. They want to become doctors, engineers and teachers but the government is not providing them any facility. They also need health facilities. They also need security but the government is not doing anything.”
Sitting next to Malala, presidential spokesperson Reuben Abati defended the government’s record on education.
“This administration has spent more on education than any other administration before now,” Abati said. “Education is one of President Jonathan’s main priority areas.”
But Malala says more than 10 million children have no access to education in Nigeria, and calls on the international community as well as the Nigerian government to address the problem.
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