Winnipeg students aim for wide awareness of missing Nigerians
Nigerian university students in Winnipeg are trying to raise awareness of the plight of more than 250 kidnapped girls in their home country.
Two weeks ago, a group opposed to western education and the education of women, kidnapped the girls during a raid in the village of Chibok in northeast Nigeria and they haven't been seen since.
Monica Igweagu, president of the Nigerian Students Association at the University of Manitoba, said the NSA is putting together a video for the "Bring Back our Girls" movement to get the attention of the world.
"We are not going to sit down and be quiet about it," she said.
"We're trying to get information out there to all the people in other provinces, all the Nigerians, to let them know that we're all standing in solidarity with out mothers back home in Nigeria."
On Monday, Nigeria's First Lady Patience Goodluck Jonathan expressed doubts the kidnapping occurred even as the Islamist militant group Boko Haram claimed responsibility.
Jonathan went so far as to have two leaders of a protest march arrested, accusing them of fabricating the abductions and belonging to Boko Haram.
"She told so many lies, that we just wanted the government of Nigeria to have a bad name, that we did not want to support her husband's rule," Saratu Angus Ndirpaya, one of the arrested leaders, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press after being released by police.