A rally to protest the kidnapping of 270 Nigerian girls by Muslim extremists Boko Haram will take place at Parramatta tomorrow.
The Nigerian Association of New South Wales has invited all Nigerian-Australians, African-Australians and any other Australians concerned about the kidnappings to join the Bring Back Our Girls Rally on May 31.
“One can only imagine the level of fear, anxiety and sorrow that would have grieved the parents of about 270 kidnapped girls and thousands of lives that Boko Haram’s tyranny has claimed”, said Nigerian Association of New South Wales president Dr Olayide Ogunsiji.
The Bring Back Our Girls Rally is believed to be the first of its kind in Australia since the unfortunate abductions on April 14, 2014. It will take place at St John's Park, Church Street, Parramatta (opposite Parramatta Town Hall) from 12pm to 3pm tomorrow.
Nigerian-Australians, African Australians, non-governmental and community groups who are horrified by the abduction and captivity and threats to sell them to slavery are expected to join the rally.
Dr Ogunsiji said the objectives of the rally are:
- To afford all Nigerian-Australians and others, Christians and Muslims alike the opportunity to pray in solidarity for the safety and release of the abducted girls who were cruelly abducted a night before their final High School examination by an extremist group that are opposed to Western education.
- To demonstrate our total rejection of the wicked evil of abductions, killings and destruction that Boko Haram insurgency and violence has wrought on Nigeria and neighbouring West African countries.
- To call on the Nigerian government and people, the Australian government, world powers and the international community to do their very best to secure the freedom of the traumatised school girls and to block all support channels of Boko Haram - financial, material and arms.
Dr Ogunsiji lamented that "insecurity has subjected millions of Nigerians to anxiety. I continue to wonder how a group of people could have been left to their own devices for so long that they now become a threat to a whole nation and the whole