Call to Action: #AskThem234
In response to the failings of a corrupt government, Nigerian citizens took to social media to voice their outrage and to demand more from their elected officials. From that outcry, Abuja based attorney, Ibrahim M Abdullahi, created the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag. From that single demand, an international social campaign to raise awareness began. Thanks to the brave Nigerians on the ground willing to ask questions, and deliver those answers to the rest of the world, we are able to learn more about the situation on the ground. As a result of that activism, the United States has sent troops over to assist with the search. Other nation states like China, the UK and France have also committed their assistance to the search.
In the spirit of the Nigerians who began this campaign, Rise Africa challenges you to think not just of the innocent girls stolen from their families, or those who have died in the two Nyanya Abuja bombings. Think also of those who you might never have heard of: the young men slaughtered in their dormitories as they studied to make their families proud, of the bridegroom whose story of love ended in death, for the young women whose names you will never know, whose faces you will never see, who have been stolen and sold into marriages they did not ask for, and for the other nameless victims of the Boko Haram agenda.
We ask you this week to challenge the current narrative, to resist the urge to treat this like a singular occurrence and to ask questions that examine the landscape from afar. In a nation rich in resources, with some of the wealthiest individuals in the world, why has a silent war been waged for almost ten years without government action? Why has that war escalated such that the international community stands at attention watching as the chaos and upheaval drive a nation towards violent a tipping point?
Join us this week as we ask the questions that few are asking. Help us capture the attention of Nigerian politicians on both sides of the debate and examine the role that government has played in the tragedies Nigerian citizens have been forced to endure. Follow the discussion at #AskThem234
Monday: Ohimai Amaize a.k.a Mr fix Nigeria, the former special adviser to Bolaji Abdullahi, the sacked ex-minister of sports, @MrFixNigeria
Tuesday: Nasir El-Rufai, former Minister of the FCT, leader of the new APC party @elrufai
Wednesday: Patrick Obahigbon | @PObahiagbon
Thursday: Presidential Spokesman, Reuben Abati | @abati1990
Be sure to join us this Saturday May, 17th at 12:15 PM ET for our live #AskThem234 Google Hangout as we conclude this campaign and examine the actions of elected Nigerian government officials.
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