Britain has sent a military plane to help with the international effort to search for more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls.
Although a technical hitch has delayed its arrival, the results of its surveillance technology will add to the sharing of intelligence agreed at last weekend’s Paris summit on Boko Haram.
The girls were taken from their school in Chibok in the remote north east of the country. Since then other victims of the militants have been complaining about the Nigerian army.
Several of them described troops as being ill-equipped and unwilling to protect locals from the Islamic extremist group.
Alhaji Ali Hassan, one of those who has suffered at the hands of Boko Haram summed up the local feeling:
“These guys (Boko Haram) have all kinds of guns. The (Nigerian) army that is supposed to protect us, even when they are close by, very close by, they refuse to come and defend us. So what can we do? There is nothing we can do.”
Protests against the mass abductions and the failure of Nigeria’s government to act continue daily.
Despite it being a month since the girls were taken there is local anger that President Goodluck Jonathan still has not visited Chibok.