It took three weeks, but Nigeria's president Goodluck Jonathan has finally spoken out about the abducted schoolgirls. While he's determined that they will be rescued, he said officials don't know where they are currently being held and aren't negotiating for their release.
Jonathan's statement comes after a weekend of worldwide protests for the girls, both in person and over social media:
Access to education is a basic right & an unconscionable reason to target innocent girls. We must stand up to terrorism. #BringBackOurGirls— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 4, 2014
were kidnapped, most likely by militant group Boko Haram. Many escaped, but 223 are still believed to be missing. According to the recent reports, they are being sold into slavery, but again, there's still so much we don't know.
"Wherever these girls are, we'll get them out," Jonathan said. He then criticized the girls' parents for not cooperating with investigations by providing officials with a "clear identity" of the girls who are missing. Jonathan himself has been criticized for not speaking out about the kidnapping until now, and his government for not doing enough to find them. He disputed this, saying the air force and army have been searching for the girls.