Nigeria’s government says the “window of negotiation” is open with Boko Haram, suggesting it may be willing to talk with the militant group that kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls last month.
The governor of Chibok where the teenagers were abducted has confirmed that all the girls seen in a video released by Boko Haram were kidnapped by the Islamic extremists.
Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan has asked parliament for a six-month extension of a state of emergency for three northeastern states affected by persistent attacks by Boko Haram.
Girls at schools across Nigeria meanwhile sat their final exams as the kidnapped schoolgirls were also due to do.
One pupil said: “I feel very sad for them because like us, they are supposed to be writing exams.”
“I feel happy coming to school, but I am worried about the security of the country,” said another.
The United States has sent surveillance aircraft to help in the search for the missing schoolgirls.
US and British teams are on the ground assisting alongside international partners and allies.