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(CNN) – Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan criticized the parents of more than 200 kidnapped girls for not cooperating with the police, and not sharing information.
"It's a little bit of blaming the victim," says human rights attorney Nicole Lee, outgoing president of TransAfrica Forum.
"The parents are concerned, if they give the names, if they give the photos, does that mean that the terrorists will kill their children? Just like any parent, you're going to worry that any move that might hurt your child, you just don't want to be involved in," says Lee.
The Nigerian government has made parents feel "like they don't have a right to speak," says Lee, as evidenced by the actions of the country's first lady.
Patience Jonathan told the mothers "that they needed to be quiet, and they were bringing shame and embarrassment to Nigeria," said Lee.
The Nigerian first lady also reportedly had two of the leaders demanding that the government do something arrested.
"The people of Nigeria, frankly, are losing confidence in their government, and this is why they've taken to the international media to say: No more," says Lee.
For more of our interview with outgoing president of TransAfrica Forum Nicole Lee, check out the video above.