Hillary Clinton: Nigeria ‘Somewhat Derelict’ in Kidnappings (Video)

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Clinton told Robin Roberts she considers the Nigerian kidnappings to be an act of terrorism

Hillary Clinton told “Good Morning America” that Nigeria’s government has been “somewhat derelict” in protecting the country’s children.

Three-hundred girls were kidnapped from Nigeria by the terrorist group Boko Haram in mid-April. The former Secretary of State discussed the situation in an interview that aired Thursday.

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“The seizure of these young women by this radical, extremist group, Boko Haram is abominable, it’s criminal, it’s an act of terrorism and it really merits the fullest response possible, first and foremost from the government of Nigeria,” Clinton told Robin Roberts. “The government of Nigeria has been in my view somewhat derelict in its responsibility toward protecting boy and girls, men and women in northern Nigeria over the last years.”

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“It’s horrible, Robin, it’s horrible,” she added. “It is a terrible example of what we’re seeing unfortunately more of — the use of women and girls particularly as victims of war, as slaves for these militia groups … and a failure of local law enforcement, local community support and then the entire national government.”

Later in the interview, the subject turned to 2016. Clinton has not announced plans to run, but Roberts asked Clinton who she would consider as a running mate.

Clinton was caught by surprise.

“I’ve been asked this question many different ways,” Clinton said. “This is one of the cleverest.”

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