Chicago's Nigerians plead for kidnapped girls safe return - FOX 32 News Chicago

Chicago's Nigerians plead for kidnapped girls safe return

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Chicagoans are trying to figure out what they can do to help bring the 276 kidnapped Nigerian girls home.

21-year-old Chidinma Uchendu will sing the national anthem at Loyola University’s graduation this Friday. The soon-to-be grad was born and raised in Nigeria and says she could have been one of the more than 200 girls who were kidnapped.

“I could have easily been one of them, you know, and I see them as my sisters,” said Uchendu in an interview with FOX 32’s Tisha Lewis.

Uchendu praised First Lady Michelle Obama’s support on social media.

“God bless her for doing that, I really appreciated it and that’s one thing I just want to say that, even though it’s not happening in her home country, even though you’re millions of miles away that you’re still concerned,” said Uchendu.

The crimes are so egregious that complete strangers are demanding answers.

In Plainfield, Femi Usikalu and Toyin Kolawole launched this page on Facebook called “Find Our Missing Nigerian Girls.” They plan on leading a prayer and rally on Saturday.

“Wear red, bring your slogans and your signs and let’s create awareness,” said Usikalu.

“This is a problem that the world is going to attack together so when you’re a terrorist and you go to a remote village in Nigeria and the world responds, it sends a very powerful message that you’re not just taking on Nigeria or whatever country they go to, you’re taking on the world. We get together to fight diseases, we should get together to fight terrorism,” said Kolawole.

This Saturday's Bring Our Girls Back prayer and rally will start at Daley Plaza at noon.


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