Nigeria urged to "close ranks" to secure release of abducted schoolgirls

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Rally held in Lagos, calling for the return of over two hundred Nigerian secondary school girls abducted in April by the extremist group Boka Haram. UN Photo

Nigeria has been urged by a senior UN official to "close ranks" to secure the release of schoolgirls abducted by the militant Boko Haram group.

The search is continuing for more than 230 girls who were kidnapped in April in the north of the West African country.

On his second visit to Nigeria as the High-Level Representative of the Secretary-General, Said Djinnit said the people of Nigeria needed to work together to overcome what he described as the  "daunting national challenge" of securing the safe release of the girls.

In May. Boko Haram was added to a UN Security Council list of terrorist groups.

It's now considered an affiliate of the outlawed Middle Eastern group Al Qaida and is subject to financial sanctions and an arms embargo.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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