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May 6th, 2014
05:32 PM ET

Nigeria formally accepts U.S. assistance

CNN anchor Isha Sesay will be live from Abuja on CNN International, Monday to Thursday at 5, 7, 8.30 and 9 p.m. CET.

Abuja, Nigeria (CNN) - Nigeria defended its response to the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls by a terror group even as details emerged Tuesday about a second mass abduction, adding to a growing global outcry over the fate of the children.

President Goodluck Jonathan has been under mounting international pressure to step up efforts to rescue the girls, who have become the focal point for a global campaign that began on social media and quickly spread to street demonstrations.

"The President and the government is not taking this as easy as people all over the world think," Doyin Okupe, a spokesman for Nigeria's President, told CNN.

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