#BringBackOurGirlsNYC, Local NYC Organizations, Community Leaders Prayer Gathering and Candlelight Vigil on Mother’s Day

Mojúbàolú Olufúnké Okome

#BringBackOurGirlsNYC, Local NYC Organizations, Community Leaders
 Prayer Gathering and Candlelight Vigil on Mother’s Day.


Brooklyn, NY— On Sunday May 11, #BringBackOurGirlsNYC, local NYC organizations, community leaders and the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office will host an interfaith prayer gathering and candlelight vigil in solidarity for more than 200 girls abducted by terrorist militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria.  The event will take place at Brooklyn Borough Hall at 7:30pm.  The candlelight vigil will raise awareness about the kidnappings in Nigeria and unite Brooklyn’s multicultural and multi-faith community in solidarity for the girls’ safe return to their families.

“We call on the Nigerian government to rescue these girls and reunite them with their families. We believe that this issue belongs to the Nigerian government, which should take primary responsibility and lead in bringing back our girls.  The problem of human security is an urgent and ongoing matter in Nigeria. It is the fundamental duty of the government of any country to provide security for its people. The Nigerian government should harness the skills, experience and knowledge base of Nigerians at home and abroad to solve these problems.  #BringBackOurGirlsNYC thanks the US government, local NYC community groups, leaders and individuals from all around the world for their assistance and effort to reunite these Nigerian girls with their families.”
- Mojúbàolú Olufúnké Okome, Professor of Political Science, African & Women's Studies (#BringBackOurGirlsNYC)

#BringBackOurGirlsNYC and the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office believes that by partnering with Nigerian women’s groups, local organizations, community organizations and leaders will bring the much needed attention to this urgent and heartrending matter.

About #BringBackOurGirlsNYC

#BringBackOurGirlsNYC is a coalition of Nigerians, Nigerian Americans, Africans, Diasporan Africans and friends of Nigeria resident in New York City.  We intend to redouble our efforts and continue to protest until these girls are brought back to their families. We also will work to better strengthen the dialogue concerning the #BringBackOurGirls initiative, and we encourage you to join and support us to urge the Nigerian government to rescue, re-unite the girls with their families, and provide them future support.  
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