What others are saying about Nigeria's kidnapping and educating girls.

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Goodluck Jonathan, president of Nigeria: "We promise that, wherever these girls are, we'll surely get them out. One good thing (is) that there's no story that any of them has been hurt in terms of injured or dead. … I express my empathy to the parents and the relatives and of course the guardians of these girls. We are all fathers or mothers. ... It's traumatizing; it's quite painful. But let us reassure them that we'll get their daughters out."

OUR VIEW: A Nigerian education

Michelle Obama, first lady of the United States: "Girls who are educated make higher wages, lead healthier lives and have healthier families. And when more girls attend secondary school, that boosts their country's entire economy. So education is truly a girl's best chance for a bright future, not just for herself, but for her family and her nation. And that's true right here in the U.S. as well. … So I hope the story of these Nigerian girls will serve as an inspiration for every girl — and boy — in this country. I hope that any young people in America who take school for granted, any young people who are slacking off or thinking of dropping out, I hope they will learn the story of these girls and recommit themselves to their education. These girls embody the best hope for the future of our world … and we are committed to standing up for them not just in times of tragedy or crisis, but for the long haul."

George Will,syndicated columnist: "I do not know how adults stand there, facing a camera and say, 'Bring back our girls.' Are these barbarians in the wilds of Nigeria supposed to check their Twitter accounts and say, 'Oh oh, Michelle Obama's very cross with us, we better change our behavior'? Power is the ability to achieve intended effects. This is not intended to have any effect on the real world. It's a little bit like (what) environmentalism has become."

Harry Reid, Senate majority leader: "Nigeria has missed opportunities to collaborate with international partners to fight terrorism, instead carrying out its own operations often with a clumsy disregard for human rights. The Nigerian government has also been disastrously slow in responding to incidents like the kidnapping of these girls. I urge Nigeria to use all of its resources and accept international assistance to bring the abductors to justice and return these daughters to their families."

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