Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan condemned the June 12 kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers on Sunday and called for their immediate release.
“Given Nigeria’s experience with the scourge of terrorism, I assure you that we are in solidarity with you, as we believe that any act of terrorism against any nation or group is an act against our common humanity,” Jonathan wrote to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a letter.
“We unequivocally condemn this dastardly act and demand that the children are released unconditionally by their abductors,” he wrote.
The Nigerian president’s statement comes months after the kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by Islamist group Boko Haram sparked an international campaign for their release, with the rallying cry “Bring Back Our Girls,” that saw little success in retrieving them.
Months later, the social media efforts to raise awareness about the abduction of Eyal Yifrach, 19, Naftali Fraenkel, 16, and Gil-ad Shaar, 16, adopted the slogan, calling to “Bring Back Our Boys.”
Israel offered help as part of the search for the abducted girls, dispatching two anti-terror experts to the region in May to join the efforts.
Boko Haram, whose name is loosely translated as “Western education is forbidden,” kidnapped the girls from their dormitory on April 14, and has threatened to sell them.
The three kidnapped Israeli teenagers were last seen on June 12 in a West Bank hitchhiking post.
Israel has said Hamas stands behind the abduction, and named Hebron residents Amer Abu Aysha and Marwan Kawasme as the primary suspects. Abu Aysha and Kawasme have been missing since the incident.
AFP contributed to this report.