Africa

Nigerian leader orders investigation into kidnapped girls

President Muhammadu Buhari is ordering an investigation into Boko Haram's mass kidnapping of the schoolgirls from Chibok and its aftermath but signaled no progress in efforts to rescue the students abducted nearly two years ago.

Buhari told parents of the missing students that he goes to bed and wakes up each day "with the Chibok girls on my mind."

A statement said Buhari announced the investigation Thursday, telling parents it will seek to unravel the circumstances that led to the April 2014 kidnapping and its aftermath.

Nearly 300 students were kidnapped from a boarding school. Dozens escaped on their own but 219 remain missing. The abduction brought international attention to Nigeria's home-grown Islamic extremists and the failures of then President Goodluck Jonathan and his military to rescue the girls.