Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl who survived shooting by the Taliban for attending school, is meeting Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan to press for more action to free more than 200 girls held by Boko Haram.
Malala, who recently turned 17, met with relatives of the kidnapped girls in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja on Sunday.
Malala pledged to campaign tirelessly until the return of the girls. She said she believed there is a clear link between poor education and the political violence which the extreme Islamist Boko Haram movement has brought to Nigeria.
“If you improve the one, you discourage the other,” she has said. “If we remain silent then this will spread”.
Two years ago, Malala was shot in the head by Pakistani Taliban militants for campaigning for girls’ education.
She survived after being airlifted to the UK for treatment.
The Boko Haram leader has said in a new video message that he is prepared to negotiate a prisoner swap for the girls.