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Protesters in Nigeria: "Release our daughters"

Monday, May 05, 2014 - 01:30

May 5 - Hundreds protest in Nigeria to call on security forces to do more in securing the release of over 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamists. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Women in Nigeria are red with anger. They're protesting in Lagos to demand the government intensify efforts to rescue 234 kidnapped school girls. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, SERENDIPITY HOUSE AND GOD'S WIVES INTERNATIONAL, AYO YEMISI, SAYING: "What we are here to do is to let the government know that they should declare the identity of the kidnapers and release our daughters. This is not too much an assignment for Nigeria to do and that is why we are here." The girls were abducted three weeks ago from their school in the northeast. On Monday, the Islamist militant group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the abduction. French news agency AFP reports the group is threatening to sell the girls on the market. Protesters say they won't stop until the girls are safe. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REPRESENTATIVE FOR YOUTH EMPOWERMENT AND DEVELOPMENT NIGERIA, CHARLOTTE OBIDAIRO, SAYING: "Well this is the beginning, I guess Nigerians don't have the.. is not used to protesting, so this is the beginning. We will be coming back again every Monday here. We will be wearing red everyday to make sure that everybody remembers the sufferings that these girls are undergoing, and it will... until the girls are back, we will continue. I think this is the first step and we will mobilize more and more people." President Goodluck Jonathan has promised to free the girls, but has given no indication as to their whereabouts.

Protesters in Nigeria: "Release our daughters"

Monday, May 05, 2014 - 01:30

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