Quad Citian says Nigerian president isn’t doing enough to help kidnapped girls

Since April 14, 2014, hundreds of girls have been abducted in northern Nigeria. At least 223 of those kidnapped are still missing.

The group claiming responsibility: Boko Haram, an islamic extremist group trained by al Qaeda affiliates, U.S. officials say.

In a video posted Monday, May 5, 2014, Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau stated, “I will sell your girls.”

Shekau went on to say, “There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women.”

“It’s just too painful,” Ikponwonsa Oriaikhi said, a Nigerian immigrant who moved to the United States in 2001. She now lives in the Quad Cities and is the Executive Director of Quad Cities Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees.

“I don’t want to pay attention to the news because I have family back there,” Oriaikhi said, her face expressing frustration.

She says Nigerian girls deserve to get an education, have careers and become successful women. Beliefs, she says, that are opposite of those held by Boko Haram.

Oriaikhi said she thinks the President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, hasn’t taken appropriate action to stop the terrorist group.

“It could be taken care of, if our president would have done what a president is supposed to do,” Oriaikhi said. “He’s not doing anything.”

Oriaikhi will be meeting with other Nigerians in the Quad Cities area, to discuss what is happening in their country, and to collaborate on ways they can help.

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