Frederica S. Wilson launches campaign for return of girls
Miami Times staff report | 6/26/2014, 9 a.m.
Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) is urging the U.S. and the international community to create a twitter storm, of millions of followers, in support of the kidnapped Nigerian school girls, their rescue and the arrest of terrorist group Boko Haram. The extremist group abducted more than two hundred girls in April. Congresswoman Wilson called for the international twitter campaign today at a press conference held with Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee (TX-18), Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-22), Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA-37), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) and Congressman Steve Stockman (TX-36). Last week,
Congresswoman Wilson traveled to Nigeria as a Member of a Congressional delegation sent there to examine U.S. and international efforts to assist with the rescue of the girls.
“66 days ago, the terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped more than two hundred girls who were pursuing their education. Last week, the United States House of Representatives passed a resolution, I introduced, which condemns the actions of Boko Haram. While in Nigeria, I met with parents of the kidnapped girls, and several young girls who were fortunate enough to escape the terrorist group.
“I am calling on Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to use Nigeria’s vast resources and wealth, and the technical and financial support the country receives from the U.S. and international community to rescue these girls.
“I am asking the public to tweet, the message #bringbackourgirls, every morning at 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, 8 a.m. Central Time and 6 a.m. Pacific Time as a show of solidarity in support of the girls and their safe return to their families. Our efforts will also strengthen those of the organizers of the “Bring Back Our Girls” movement who rally each day at a park in Nigeria. Let’s tweet, together, to build a twitter campaign that cannot ignored,” said Congresswoman Wilson.