[ View the story "Nigeria's kidnapped schoolgirls" on Storify] Nigeria's kidnapped schoolgirls Anger grows as authorities report abductions of more girls by suspected Boko Haram members
The Stream· Wed, May 07 2014 09:52:40
Since last month, Nigerians have
a resolution to the schoolgirls' kidnapping from Chibok, a town in northeastern Nigeria's Borno state.
The armed group Boko Haram
responsibility in a video, saying they would "sell them in the market, by Allah". Adding to the instability in the north, eight more girls were
in Borno state, and a Monday night attack reportedly killed as many as 300 people in the town of Gamboru Ngala, along Nigeria's border with Cameroon. President Goodluck Jonathan
for international help on Sunday, amid
that his government is ill-equipped to face the threat from Boko Haram.
The government has reportedly
the military to search the forest to where the girls were taken. However, Borno state Senator Ahmad Zannah Khalifa
the military had failed to act when he gave them information on the girls' movements. On April 30 he was quoted in the Nigerian newspaper Daily Trust:
“I have constantly told the security about the state the girls were in. Whenever I get information, the next day or two they would be moved to another location and I lost hope two days ago when they were moved to Chad and Cameroon from the current base just by the Lake Chad,” Zannah said.dailytrust.info
Advocates for women rallied in Abuja and Lagos:
Day 1 Rally Held in Abuja Rally For Nigerian Girls (April 30 2014)thech0sen0ne100
Bring Back Our Girls Lagos Rallyproshare2
As Nigerians carried out rallies around the country, First Lady Patience Jonathan allegedly
the temporary arrest of Naomi Nyadar, a protest leader. That account was later denied by the First Lady's spokesperson. Nyadar
around 500 women in protest outside the National Assembly and was reportedly
by the first lady of belonging to Boko Haram.
The video below shows Patience Jonathan's
as she met with all-female delegation from Borno. She allegedly
some protesters for fabricating the abductions to politically hurt her husband.
Nigeria's First Lady Dramatically Weeping On National TVsaharatv
Nigerians discussed Nyadar's arrest as well as the government's response to the crisis.
Mrs. Naomi Nyadar - a #ChibokWomanLeader in Abuja who was invited and honored the MEETING called by Mrs Jonathan has been DETAINED 4 Protestoby ezekwesili
DAME so heartless,the #ChibokWomanLeader is on medication.And she is being detained on her orders for close to 10hours #BringBackOurGirlsAjebutter 30k
The girls are being kept against their wish now they want us 2 keep quiet about it #FREENaomiNyadar #ChibokWomanLeader #BringBackOurGirlsMuggle
Many shared images from protests in Nigeria and around the world over the past week.
Protester seat peacefully #Abuja #WeNoGoTire #BringBackOurGirls #CommunitySpirit #CitizensSolutions #Love #Nigeria
More protest scenes from the Bring back our girls rally.#BringBackOurGirls @obyezeks #TheChibokGirls @toluogunlesi
Head of Chibok community begging Army to #BringBackOurGirls weeping. Many here weeping. I am at the brink of tears
and in New York City:
Agencies need to 'declassify' some information about terrorists so that communities can to work on their own.#CitizensSolutionToEndTerrorismStephen Olu Oladapo
Nigerians should know what materials are used in making the bombs, so we can report when we see stockpiling
#CitizensSolutionToEndTerrorism : pay attention 2 our neighbourhood. Concern ourself with our surroundings ACT 2geda as a people @obyezeksMaryam Tinuola
By your tweeting in great ideas as part of #CitizensSolutionToEndTerrorism WE as Citizens are one step forward in being part of the Solutionoby ezekwesili
The suggestions were compiled into a
by EiE Nigeria a coalition of youth groups.
We call on Mr President for leadership that mobilises Nigerians to fight collectively against a common enemy. Mr President must extend a hand to ALL stakeholders in this war – governors, political party leaders, the National Assembly, traditional and religious institutions, civil society and citizens – and communicate clearly that this is not about party politics, ethnicity or religion, but about pursuing the common good of ALL Nigerians. Our hearts go out to members of the Chibok community as we pray for the speedy return of our daughters. May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.newswirengr.com
Nigerian diaspora in the United States called on local senators for support.
Nigerians in diaspora (DC,MD,VA) are demanding the involvement of their US senators via this leaflet,you can do same
Access to education is a basic right & an unconscionable reason to target innocent girls. We must stand up to terrorism. #BringBackOurGirlsHillary Clinton
Am following case of abducted Nigerian schoolgirls with growing concern, and sympathy for the families. UK is offering support & assistanceWilliam Hague
#Nigeria abduction shows huge toll of conflict on women and girls - including #sexualviolence, and why it is #timetoact to stop these crimesWilliam Hague
The Stream asked its online community to share their views on Nigeria's abducted girls.
What do you think about the Nigerian government's attempts to find the abducted schoolgirls #BringBackOurGirls #TheChibokGirlsThe Stream
@AJStream The Borno State Government should be the one to blame, they are the ones that promised providing security for the school.Asede Henry
@AJStream they are not doing enough and there is a general belief that those people in power knows the real culprits behind boko haramdeji oyalowo
@AJStream the interest of the government, the opposition,the religious body is the politics of the abduction not rescue.#bringbackourgirlsBasheer Bello
Many discussed reasons for the government's failure to recover the girls.
The Nigerian govt has been criticised for its failure to locate the abducted schoolgirls. Why has the govt been unsuccessful? #BokoHaramThe Stream
@AJStream because the system is corrupt,from the root to the top#WeNeedThemBack
@AJStream the president is scared of offending northern politicians by declaring a full state of emergency ahead of 2015 elections.Ter Shija
@AJStream There's also a heavy allegation that the Govt is using the insurgency for political gains & intentionally allow it to escalateImαm ƞαsiyr
@AJStream Army&security operatives,lack motivation,sophistication&Intel to deal with the insurgents,funds budgeted r looted by top officialsMuhammed M Katuka
Others debated next steps for the government and affected communities.
@AJStream All this protest, playcards will not #BringBackOurGirls we need well equiped men that will storm the forest....Johnson Adams
@AJStream I think the authorities should provide extra security to vulnerable areas like schools to avoid future occurrence of abductionsMurtala Baba
To start with, community policing would be a good start coupled with a centralized national police system. #Nigeria @AJStreamMohammed Malah
@sara_salman @AJStream The government have all the financial might to neutralise BHaram's threat but it's a difficult and complicated issue.Jean Chris