Nigerian First Lady Reportedly Denounces "Missing Girls" Protests

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May 5 2014 10:47 AM

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

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Nigerian first lady Patience Jonathan with president Goodluck Jonathan.

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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."
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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...

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