Nigerian cardinal: God will answer prayers for rescue of schoolgirls

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April 15, 2015

Clergyman attends gathering in Paris on one-year anniversary of abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls

A clergyman joins others in a “Bring Back Our Girls” gathering in Paris April 14. A year after more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped, Lagos Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie said he believed that “God will answer our prayers” for their return. (CNS photo/Gonzalo Fuentes, Reuters)

LAGOS, Nigeria (CNS) — A year after more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped, Lagos Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie said he believed that “God will answer our prayers” for their return.

In an interview with Catholic News Service April 14, the cardinal also said President-elect Muhammadu Buhari must make the rescue of the girls a top priority when he takes office.

About 276 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, in northeastern Borno state, were abducted by the Boko Haram insurgents around midnight April 14, 2014. Fifty-seven girls managed to escape.

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