Nigerian president calls for kidnapped girls release

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan. Credit: Reuters\Tiksa Negeri

The President of Nigeria Goodluck Johnathan has said that "everything must be done" to free the 276 girls held captive by Islamic extremists Boko Haram.

The move came amid growing national outrage at the government's response to the abduction - and as he said that he believes Nigeria is winning its war against an Islamic uprising.

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