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My Question for Jay Carney on Boko Haram

Thank, Jay, for calling on me.

The president met with Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan in September, 2013 and said this:

In the northern regions of Nigeria we’ve seen the emergence of one of the most vicious terrorist organizations in the world — the Boko Haram.  It presents an extraordinary security challenge for the people of Nigeria, and we want to be cooperative in that process of building capacity inside Nigeria to deal with that terrorist threat, but doing so in a way that is consistent with human rights.  Because we strongly believe that the best way to undermine the agenda of those who would do violence is to make sure that governments are responsive to the needs of people and following rule of law.

Can you tell us what exactly the United States has done to help Nigeria fight Boko Haram over the past eight months?

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