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March planned in Raleigh for kidnapped Nigerian girls

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Nigerian American Liz Obi is planning a peaceful march in Raleigh for 276 girls who were kidnapped last month. Nigerian American Liz Obi is planning a peaceful march in Raleigh for 276 girls who were kidnapped last month.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Nigerian Americans in The Triangle are trying to do their part to help bring back nearly 300 girls who were kidnapped there last month.

Nigerian-American Liz Obi, who lives in Raleigh, is trying to organize a peaceful march around the state capitol building in downtown Raleigh later this month.  Details have not been finalized. Obi says she wants to put pressure on elected officials, both in the United States and Nigeria, to do more.

"We really can't thank America enough, you know? We can't thank America enough for just intervening," Obi said, adding the government in Nigeria has not done enough to save those girls from the terrorist group Boko Haram.

"I've had several sleepless nights, thinking about it. I can't do nothing," she said. "Thinking about it is so frustrating because I can't do nothing about it. It's even more frustrating when you can't do nothing about it. I'm only one person."

Meanwhile, native Nigerian Matthew Anagor has been keeping close attention to news reports from the region. Anagor lives in Durham with his wife and children.

"It kind of makes you think…this could be you," Anagor said. "I mean, if I were in Nigeria, this could be my kids."

The tragedy hits especially close because he has two girls of his own.

"You really feel like they are yours and so it's a connection," he said. "And these are girls that are going to school to better their life and these people feel that they shouldn't. You just wonder, what are they really thinking about? Are they saying they're against civilization? Who doesn't want to be civilized?"

Obi says this kidnapping crisis threatens the entire nation.
     
"They are our future, and then without them, there is no future in Nigeria," Obi said. "There will be no Nigeria without these children."

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Derick Waller

Derick is a reporter for WNCN covering crime, education, politics and just about everything in between. He has a knack for adapting to any story and consistently delivers information quickly across multiple platforms. More>>

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