Katie Couric: The international effort to #BringBackOurGirls

May 10, 2014

Couric interviewed Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala live from Abuja, the capital city, where she was attending the World Economic Forum on Africa.

Okonjo-Iweala praised business leaders for coming together in support of the missing girls and helping to launch a safe schools initiative.

While she gave her support to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, she expressed outrage over the situation involving the missing girls.

“I have a daughter, I have four children.It’s unacceptable and unimaginable,” she said.

Her own mother was kidnapped and released after five days in 2012.

Joining Couric in New York was Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, who wrote an influential column about the missing girls last Sunday.

“The greatest threat to militancy in the long run comes not from drones but from girls with schoolbooks,” he wrote.

He echoed that sentiment with Couric.

“The government is responsible for protecting its students. The biggest treasure isn’t oil, it’s children.”

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