A Downing Street spokesperson said:The Prime Minister spoke to President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria this afternoon about the abduction of over 200 girls in northern Nigeria. The Prime Minister expressed his shock at the appalling attack and wholehearted support for the Nigerian people during this difficult time. He reiterated the UK’s offer of assistance and advice to the Nigerian authorities.
President Jonathan accepted the Prime Minister’s offer to send a small team of experts drawn from across Whitehall who could complement the US team committed by President Obama. Both leaders also agreed that their respective governments should explore how to further strengthen co-operation on counter-terrorism in the longer term to prevent such attacks in the future. The Prime Minister and President agreed on the importance of the international community working together to meet the challenge posed by Islamic extremism and violence.