A delegation of U.S. House members recently back from a fact-finding trip to Nigeria is calling for more international attention to help free girls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
U.S. Rep. Frederica S. Wilson, a Democrat from Miami Gardens, spoke along with several other members of Congress Thursday afternoon about their trip and the need for efforts to win the girls’ release.
“I am calling on Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to use Nigeria’s vast resources and wealth, and the technical and financial support the country receives from the U.S. and international community, to rescue these girls,” Wilson said.
Boko Haram, designated in 2013 by U.S. officials as a terrorist organization, is the group responsible for widespread deaths, kidnappings and indiscriminate attacks in Nigeria. In April, 276 female students – most between 15 and 18 years old – were abducted by the group from a boarding school located in the northeastern province of Borno.
Their plight inspired a social media campaign and widespread condemnation from governments and citizens worldwide.
On Thursday, Wilson called for an even greater Twitter campaign, asking the public to tweet #bringbackourgirls every day at 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time as a show of solidarity in support of the girls.
“Let’s tweet together to build a twitter campaign that cannot ignored,” she said.
Wilson recently sponsored a resolution that passed the U.S. House, 411-2; among other things, the resolution condemns Boko Harem, offers support and encouragement to Nigerians, commends U.S. offers to assist in the search for the abducted girls, and calls on President Barack Obama to provide Congress with a strategy to counter the threat posed by radical Islamist terrorist groups in West Africa, the Sahel and North Africa.