This man, Abubakar Shekau, leads a Nigerian militant group called Boko Haram, which claims to be Islamist in its beliefs.
These are the Boko Haram men. They are known for terrorist attacks and atrocities against civilians.
Boko Haram militant group. – image – punchng.com
Boko Haram militant group. – image – sunnewsonline.com
These heavily armed, dangerous men believe that young girls should not be exposed to Western education and would better serve their communities as wives and mothers. Boko Haram have taken responsibility for kidnapping almost 300 Nigerian schoolgirls.
Initially, media houses did not give this shocking story of human suffering enough attention.
People also felt that this man, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, was not treating the kidnapping with the urgency it deserves.
This led to ordinary people, world politicians, religious leaders, celebrities, businesses and other organisations taking to social media, armed only with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls to demand the return of the girls and show support for the traumatised families.
So, next time you come across the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls on social media, do share and retweet the content to help raise and maintain awareness about the Nigerian schoolgirls until they return home safely.
Click on the links below for the latest developments in the saga.