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First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a rare radio address to the nation where she highlighted the Mother’s Day weekend to speak out strongly against the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls by Islamist militants who have threatened to sell the girls into slavery.

“Like millions of people across the globe, my husband and I are outraged and heartbroken over the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls from their school dormitory in the middle of the night,” Michelle Obama said Saturday in a weekly radio address usually reserved for President Barack Obama.

“This unconscionable act was committed by a terrorist group determined to keep these girls from getting an education – grown men attempting to snuff out the aspirations of young girls,” she said.

The First Lady is a formidable woman who correctly inserted herself into an international tragedy. As a mother of two daughters and a confidant to the president, Michelle Obama is signaling to the world that she takes a tough position on terrorists –especially when it involves the kidnapping of Black female students.

As First Lady, Michelle Obama has also taken on the role of a calm but authoritative leader in the White House during times of crisis. And it’s a welcomed one.

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