Hope for the kidnapped girls in Nigeria dimming even as Boko Haram loses steam

By Erik Cleven and Sean Curtis, The Conversation

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On March 7, 2015, Boko Haram pledged allegiance to the ISIS,but this action remains largely symbolic. One month later on April 5, however, Nigeria held elections and set an example for the rest of Africa when incumbent Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat to Muhammadu Buhari, ensuring a peaceful transfer of power. Buhari ran on a platform committed to eliminating Boko Haram but it remains to be seen whether he can achieve that goal. Buhari has stated that he can’t promise to find the girls.


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