New Jersey’s Nigerian Nightmare: #BringBackOurGirls - FOX 35 News Orlando

New Jersey’s Nigerian Nightmare: #BringBackOurGirls

Posted: Updated:
The world is rallying behind the social media campaign #BringBackOurGirls to encourage action to help return over 200 female student’s ages 16 through 18 who were kidnapped from their school in northern Nigeria by Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram. Their plan is to sell the girls into slavery.

This unfortunate situation is not just a Nigerian issue or an international issue. People all over the world are affected by this tragedy. In fact there is a large Nigerian population here in New Jersey. Nigerian Pastor Samuel Ayrni and a group of Nigerian Mothers said that they couldn’t imagine still living in Nigeria and not knowing where their child was or if they were safe.

"Now, there are over 300 Nigerian churches in New Jersey and this is our home, these are our streets. We are citizens of New Jersey and whatever happens to Nigeria affects us here in New Jersey,” Ayrni said.

The mothers at the church gathered to pray for the safe return of the girls in Nigeria. Over half of Nigeria’s population is Christian and they celebrate that same faith here in the Garden State.

Congressman Chris Smith has been very active when it comes to U.S. relations with Nigeria. He plans to propose a bill that would help strengthen support for Nigeria and the families of the kidnapped, as well as support western education in Nigeria which Boko Haram is primarily against.

U.S. Senator Menendez is Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and he expressed his deep concern for the welfare of the women. He said: “As a father, I am heartsick for these brave young women and their families who were in a situation where they were getting an education and were kidnapped. I look forward to the passage later today of a resolution authored by Senators Landrieu and Boxer condemning Boko Haram and this terrible act.”

At first, Nigeria didn’t want help from the United States and didn’t vocalize their stance against Boko Haram until this week. Now the United States has sent a task force over to Nigeria and everyone is putting forward their best efforts to return these girls home safely.


 Watch Chasing New Jersey weeknights at 10pm on My9 and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!

  • Chasing New JerseyMore>>

  • Community Rallies To Help Find Missing Puppy

    Community Rallies To Help Find Missing Puppy

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:40 PM EDT2014-08-27 20:40:59 GMT
    Sadly, Jeter the pit bull puppy is missing. While dogs go missing all the time, there are two specific things that distinguish this story from others. First, several witnesses say Jeter didn't wonder off and that they saw Jeter get taken. Second, the community has rallied in a huge way to help find the loveable pup.
    Sadly, Jeter the pit bull puppy is missing. While dogs go missing all the time, there are two specific things that distinguish this story from others. First, several witnesses say Jeter didn't wonder off and that they saw Jeter get taken. Second, the community has rallied in a huge way to help find the loveable pup.
  • Widow Of Boston Bomber Now Living In North Bergen, NJ

    Widow Of Boston Bomber Now Living In North Bergen, NJ

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-08-27 15:15:56 GMT
    The widow of Tamerian Tsarnaev, the alleged mastermind behind the Boston Marathon bombings has been discovered in North Bergen. Katherine Russell was married to Tsarnaev and living with him in Cambridge at the time of the Boston bombings which killed three people and injured 260 more back in April of 2013. The widow has apparently since moved to New Jersey to be near family.
    The widow of Tamerian Tsarnaev, the alleged mastermind behind the Boston Marathon bombings has been discovered in North Bergen. Katherine Russell was married to Tsarnaev and living with him in Cambridge at the time of the Boston bombings which killed three people and injured 260 more back in April of 2013. The widow has apparently since moved to New Jersey to be near family.
  • AC Eminent Domain Still Threatening Homes Amid Casino Closings

    AC Eminent Domain Still Threatening Homes Amid Casino Closings

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:01 AM EDT2014-08-27 15:01:00 GMT
    Empty spaces are popping up all over Atlantic City with the closing of three major casinos: Revel, Trump Plaza, and Showboat. Even with all of this going on, the city is still trying to use eminent domain to take away the home of an Atlantic City local legend, Piano Man Charlie Birnbaum. Birnbaum has tuned pianos for icons like: Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, and John Legend. He's been a resident of Atlantic City in the same home for over 50 years.
    Empty spaces are popping up all over Atlantic City with the closing of three major casinos: Revel, Trump Plaza, and Showboat. Even with all of this going on, the city is still trying to use eminent domain to take away the home of an Atlantic City local legend, Piano Man Charlie Birnbaum. Birnbaum has tuned pianos for icons like: Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, and John Legend. He's been a resident of Atlantic City in the same home for over 50 years.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices