Contact: Molade Alawode
April 10, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
One Year Later, D.C. Area Marches in Solidarity with Missing Nigerian Schoolgirls
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Saturday April 11 at 2:00 p.m., steadfast #BringBackOurGirls supporters will march from Federal Triangle to the U.S. Capitol in solidarity with the missing Nigerian schoolgirls to commemorate the one-year anniversary of their abduction by Boko Haram. This local demonstration, hosted by Act4Accountability, Amnesty International USA, and other humanitarian organizations, coincides with worldwide marches to raise global awareness of the girls’ persistent missing status and call for enhanced search and rescue efforts. By amassing a swell of public engagement and media attention, organizers hope to add this important human security issue to the sociopolitical agendas of newly elected Nigerian leaders. This message will be reinforced by a short program of dynamic speakers, including the newly appointed Director of the Mayor’s Office of African Affairs, Mamadou Samba.
Nearly 365 days ago on April 14, 2014, 276 female students were kidnapped from Government Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria by Boko Haram. The group claims responsibility for an escalating number of deadly attacks, bombings, and captures in the northeast region of the country; including the unprecedented raze of Baga that killed a record 2,000 people in a single strike. After nearly 6 years of unrelenting violence, the Nigerian military recently launched a counterattack against Boko Haram during the 6-week postponement of the general elections. Despite combat support from neighboring Cameroon, Chad, Benin, and Niger, troops reportedly reclaimed captured towns with varying success. Moreover, approximately 200 abducted Chibok schoolgirls remain missing.
“If you really want to bring ‘change’ to Nigeria, then prioritize national security, value civic engagement, and operate with transparency,” says Lola Adele-Oso, Act4Accountability Executive Director, in a message to Nigerian President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President-elect Yemi Osinbajo, and soon-to-be elected local government officials.
Act4Accountability is hosting the march in collaboration with Amnesty International USA, Africa’s Daughter Foundation, Tribex Marketing Group, and The Church of the Brethren Office of Public Witness. Supporters are encouraged to wear red and bring signs, family members, and friends.
For more information, visit the Facebook event page and follow @Act4Account on Twitter.
About Act4Accountability (ACT4): We are building a culture of accountability among Africans and the diaspora through civic engagement. ACT4 accomplishes this goal by educating the public, designing tools for organizing, and leveraging technology. We are changing the norms of social justice work by leading our own initiatives and telling our own stories. At our core, we believe that accountability is essential to any sustainable community, and that every authority can be held accountable when a diaspora raises its voice.