ABUJA: The famous Pakistani Human Rights Activist Malala Yousaf Zai visits Nigeria to urge the extremist group Boko Haram to set the girls free which they kidnapped.
In a conference held in an international hotel in Abuja where the parents of abducted girls were present and Malala who just turned 17, along with her father Ziauddin addressed the conference saying that she had journeyed to Nigeria just for the sake of helping the girls whom she regarded as her sister like.
“I am going to stand up for them,” she said.
The 17 year old Malala who currently lives in Birmingham, England, was hit by terrorists while she was on her way to school for getting education. Since then, after being rescued, she has become a human activist and been working for the girls’ education. So, in this tour she also emphasized the significance of the education for girls and appeals the abducted girls to be released.
The girls’ kidnapping drew unusual international attention to the war in Nigeria’s northeast and the growing security risk that Boko Haram poses to Nigeria, Africa’s leading energy producer.
A couple of weeks on, the captives have not been liberated and media interest has faded. Around 200 Nigerians gathered in the Unity Foundation Park in central Abuja on Sunday to call on authorities to explain their efforts in getting the girls out.
“Nobody has told us anything about where the girls could be, what they are doing to try to rescue them. In three months, we’ve heard nothing,” said Haruna Fetima, one of the parents at the gathering. “We line in Chibok, and we haven’t seen any soldiers or police in the area since the attack.”
Growing fearless, Boko Haram has become the major security threat for Nigeria.