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Nigerian First Lady Reportedly Denounces “Missing Girls” Protests, Orders Detention of Protestors

Nigerian first lady Patience Jonathan with president Goodluck Jonathan.

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More than 200 girls reportedly kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorist group are still missing in Nigeria; last week, protestors criticial of the government’s failure to rescue the captives marched in the streets of Abuja, the country’s capital. And today, reports from the country indicate that president Goodluck Jonathan’s wife Patience has taken action against the protestors. From the AP’s description of a meeting between officials and protest leaders at the presidential villa:

Ndirpaya said Mrs. Jonathan accused them of fabricating the abductions. “She told so many lies, that we just wanted the government of Nigeria to have a bad name, that we did not want to support her husband’s rule,” she said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press…In a report on the meeting, Daily Trust newspaper quoted Mrs. Jonathan as ordering all Nigerian women to stop protesting, and threatening “should anything happen to them during protests, they should blame themselves.”

The AP also reports that a protest organizer named Naomi Mutah Nyadar appears to be in custody (and that another, Saratu Angus Ndirpaya, was also briefly detained), allegedly on the orders of Patience Jonathan. The principal of the school from which the girls were taken and a government official from the area may have also been detained. Developing…