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'Repugnant' campaign slogan axed


Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria's president has ordered that electoral billboards playing on the campaign to free schoolgirls held hostage by Islamic extremists be immediately taken down.

The billboards read #BringBackJonathan2015.

Adviser Reuben Abati said President Goodluck Jonathan finds the billboards "repugnant", as do many Nigerians. He said the boards were erected in Abuja, the capital, without the president's knowledge.

Mr Jonathan's government and military have not rescued any of the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in April from a remote north-eastern school. International support has rallied around the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag.

The failure to contain a spreading five-year-old Islamic insurgency that has killed thousands and driven 1.5 million from their homes could undermine any campaign for re-election in April 2015.

The statement says Mr Jonathan's administration remains "fully committed" to rescuing the girls.

PA Media