Doyin Okupe on BBC HARDtalk: It took the American government 444 days to free the hostages during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis (Video)

Doyin Okupe, the Senior Special Adviser on Public Affairs to Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan, on BBC HARDtalk
On April 15th 2014, approximately 276 female students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria. Boko Haram, an Islamic Jihadist terrorist organization based in Northeastern Nigeria, claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

BBC HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur recently interviewed Doyin Okupe, the Senior Special Adviser on Public Affairs to Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan. During this interview, Sackur labelled the Nigerian security forces as “completely impotent” with regards to their having not yet rescued the missing girls. Okupe responded by reminding Sackur of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis: “… The Americans were held hostage, 54 of them were held hostage in Tehran in 1979 … It took the American government 444 days to free them …”.

Also, let us not forget that security and law enforcement personnel from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Israel, and, supposedly, even China, have been on ground in Nigeria for a few weeks now. Shouldn’t they also be held accountable?

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