‘If Obama can get Osama, he can get our girls,’ Oby Ezekwesili says

Ezekwesili stated this while attending the TIME 100 Gala in New York City on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.


Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili has urged US President, Barack Obama to do more to bring back the missing Chibok girls.

The #BringbackOurGirls activist was recently named as one of TIME’s most influential people in the world.

“If he [Obama] could get Osama bin Laden, he could get our girls,” Ezekwesili said.

“It is time for someone as powerful as Barack Obama to compare the girls of Chibok to his own daughters.These girls are a symbol of our own message to girls, that they should be educated, that we would go beyond the call of duty for you,” she added.

Ezekwesili also lamented that we live in a world where “a child is forced to choose between being alive and being educated.”

The Chibok girls were abducted on April 14, 2014, over a year ago, by Boko Haram insurgents.

Obama had said, when asked about the girls during a recent interview, that the Nigerian government has proved ineffective against the terrorist sect.

Other Nigerians who were named among the TIME 100 are President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, bestselling author, Chimamanda Adichie and Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.


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