The #BringBackOurGirls protests in London took a new turn on Saturday after hundreds of people took to the streets of Westminster for a march to Downing Street in support of the campaign to rescue over 250 Nigerian girls kidnapped from their school over a month ago.
The group which converged at the Nigeria Embassy in Northumberland Avenue chanted solidarity songs and chastised the Nigerian Government for its slow response to the abduction.
Some of the protesters who spoke to Naija Living UK voiced their frustration at the government of Nigeria for allowing the Boko Haram terror to fester.
They also cited frustration with Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan for his perceived inaction for weeks after the girls were kidnapped calling for him to step up action and be the leader that the country needs during these trying times.
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Protesters sang solidarity songs as they waved flags from various countries including Jamaica and South Africa, whose citizens were present in large numbers to show support for Nigerians.
Amour Owolabi, who organised the event by mobilising supporters on social media submitted a petition to the UK government urging them to put more pressure on the Nigerian government to bring the girls back alive.
He thanked the group for coming out to stand for the girls saying the time for making excuses was over.
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In Nigeria, protests continue in Abuja as protesters continue a sit out which has been going on for the last couple of weeks.
Leaders of West African countries including Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan met EU and American representatives in Paris yesterday pledging to wage war against Boko Haram.
Jonathan said that Boko Haram are an international terrorist group and that the world will be waging a concerted war against the group.
The Nigerian President continues to face criticism at home, the latest being anger over his alleged ditching of a planned visit to Chibok to see parents and relatives of the missing girls in Chibok on Friday due to security concerns.
A relative of the missing girls who spoke to Sky News crew in Chibok accused the President of insensitivity.
‘He’s the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces,’ he said.
‘If he can’t visit us because of security concerns, what about us who have to sleep in the bushes here?’
Meanwhile, Nigerian churches in the UK will be holding simultaneous services in Nigerian Pentecostal churches to pray for the safe return of the missing girls.