Raptor GM Masai Ujiri speaks out about Nigerian kidnappings
Abduction of nearly 300 Nigeria girls
'We all have to stand up,'Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri said Tuesday as he spoke emotionally about the abduction of nearly 300 girls in his home country of Nigeria.
“I was sad … this is where I grew up, it’s where I lived,” said Ujiri who was born in Zaria in northern Nigeria before emigrating to the U.S. to play basketball and eventually becoming the manager of the Toronto basketball team.
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Ujiri, who still has family in Nigeria, said the matter has to be addressed by the Nigerian authorities or even outside governments.
“These are young women and young children, they need opportunity, and it’s not the opportunity of anything else but life and to be free. They deserve that, and for me to be in this position here — if I don’t say anything, it would be a disservice to my people and to my country. I have to speak up.”