200 Nigerian Girls Still Missing: Local Nigerian Natives Speak Out

May 4, 2014

For weeks there have been protests and marches in Nigeria, all urging the government to "Bring Back Our Girls."

Nearly three weeks ago, more than 200 girls were taken from a school in Chibok, Nigeria, and to this day families are still searching, and hoping for a safe return of their sisters and daughters.

“My concern is for the people, so my prayer every day is ‘God do something to make that place a better place,’” explained Desmond Aigbe.

Nigerian native Aigbe is a pastor at the Africa Lighthouse Baptist Temple in Albemarle County and has been reaching out to his family in Nigeria, praying that these girls are found.

“I don't think there is effort to recover them,” says Aigbe. “200 citizens of the country are being held by people from their same country and nothing is being done.”

A Nigerian student at UVa is also concerned about what is happening in his home country and says that the northern region where these girls were taken has suffered from poverty and the government has been mismanaged.

“Because of that, education is so scarce, so to see girls of all ages trying to better themselves to get an education and at the end of the day get kidnapped, I find it very disheartening,” says Chudi Obi, rising fourth year.

These young girls were believed to have been taken and sold as brides by an Islamic militant group called Boko Haram, which means "western education is sinful."

Obi doesn't think the Nigerian government is doing enough.

“I'm really stressing to my nation's government in Nigeria to step up and do something.”

Both Obi and Aigbe want to raise awareness about the tragedy taking place in Nigeria so that soon they will hear good news that their girls have returned home.

Authorities believe more than 50 girls did escape from being kidnapped; however, 234 Nigerian school girls are still missing.

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