African cardinal: Nigerian girls' kidnappers immune to protests

VATICAN CITY (AP) — African Cardinal Peter Turkson says the Islamic militants who kidnapped almost 300 girls in Nigeria won't be affected by people expressing their dismay with slogans like "Bring Back Our Girls."

Rallies and tweets are taking place all over the world calling for the safe return of the school girls.

But in an interview at the Vatican, Turkson said Boko Haram (BOH'-koh hah-RAHM') is "a pretty tough group" that won't be "influenced readily by public outcry and a public call for a release of our girls, or 'send our girls home' and all of that."

The Ghanaian cardinal said he finds it "very distressing" that Nigeria's government has failed to provide basic protection and security for its people.

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