What AUN has Done is a Model for Universities Around the World

I want to express my gratitude to the dynamo, who is the American University President, Margee Ensign, not only for hosting today’s town hall, but also, of course, above all, for the work that this university is doing in this community of Yola and beyond, under her leadership. A round of applause for her please.

I think what you all have done here is really a model for how universities, not only in Nigeria but all around the world, can wade into some of the most complex and seemingly intractable challenges facing their communities. It's also a model for how you shape a rising generation of leaders.

I want to stress, the United States stands with Nigeria, and we will support you, as you defeat Boko Haram. We will also support you as you promote, not only the security, but the dignity and prosperity of people in the region.

And I just like to discuss three more steps that I think we need to take together, three more ingredients that are key to ending the scourge of Boko Haram.

First, we need a humanitarian response that is commensurate with the scale of the current crisis. You all know the numbers, you live the numbers. The violence has killed thousands and displaced more than 2.5 million people. In Nigeria, it is estimated...