A Facebook inbox exchange between myself and a 17-year-old niece who lives in the U.S… (It is great to see that our younger ones both here and abroad are interested. What a shame that this is the Nigeria they have to worry about. But I’m glad these incidents are getting them and us all interested. As we go to our beds, let us remember to offer up a prayer for those families whose months will end will tears because their kids are still missing. Let us do something if we feel called to. Everyone can do something.)
NIECE: Good afternoon Auntie Udo! Do you happen to know a way I can reach a representative for Nigeria in the UN. I heard about the 234 girls kidnapped in Nigeria. Something needs to be done about this and I will get my school involved. But I need to first take the first step by either contacting the UN.
ME: Hi ….No I don’t know anyone. Will ask around. What do you think needs to be done?
NIECE: I think this needs to be a larger topic of discussion. Something needs to be done. I feel like talking to a representative of the UN will be good. Because if the Nigerian government is not going to do anything, who will?
ME: Why do you think they are doing nothing?
NIECE: It’s been two weeks since this incident. It is all over the news that not much has been done by Nigerian security leaders to ensure the girls’ rescue, and their families have received little information.
ME: I know. I can’t speak for the government and they certainly seem insensitive to it.
NIECE: Oh I wish I could do something. Thank you auntie Udo for taking the time to listen to me. I have to run to track. I hope everything is well!
ME: Left feeling helpless as if I offered no hope to a young one. Didn’t mean to sound unhelpful, but I wonder if anyone has answers????
Glad to hear some women are planning a march. It’s important to find your own way of expression, use your voice in the way you can to lend to the dismay and disgust everyone feels about this atrocious state of affairs. I’m not a griper…but this is worth griping and doing something about….Will you do something?
BRING BACK OUR GIRLS! MARCH to show you CARE. Wear RED.
ABUJA: Wednesday 30th April 2014 3pm Unity Fountain, Maitama
KANO: Wednesday 30th April 2014 3pm at Pounded Yam and co
IBADAN: Wednesday 30th April 8.30am Nene Car Wash (near Shoprite)
KADUNA: Thursday 1st May 2014 at 10am Murtala Square
LAGOS: Monday, 5th May 2014 at Allen Roundabout 9 a.m.