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Nigerians in U.S. hold rally against Boko Haram

07 July 2014, 09:42

Chicago - Hundreds of Nigerians in Chicago in the U.S. on Saturday held a solidarity rally, demanding that the terror group, Boko Haram, unconditionally release the schoolgirls abducted in Chibok, Borno.

Over 200 girls were abducted from their school in Chibok on April 14.

The Nigerians, during the rally, also demanded greater U.S. support for the Federal Government in its war against Boko Haram.

The rally titled #unitedagainstbokoHaram:#bringbackourgirls was also organised in Atlanta, Dallas, Greenville SC, Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, Windsor Canada and Belmopan Belize.

Participants at the rally carried placards with inscriptions such as "Nigeria needs support to fight terrorism’’ and "Stop Boko Haram".

Other placards read "Obama, please help stop Boko Haram’’ and "we love the girls, bring them home", among others.

Addressing the rally, the acting Chairperson of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) in the U.S., Dr Sandra Dafiaghor, said the rallies showed a united front against the terrorist organisation.

She urged the citizens and governments of the U.S., Canada, and all NIDO host countries to support Nigeria in the global war against terrorism.

Boko Haram has for the first time been included on the UN list of parties or state actors who violate the rights of children in armed conflict.

This was among the findings released in the annual report of the UN Secretary General on children and armed conflict which highlights 23 conflict situations around the world.


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