Charlotte religious leaders will hold a rally Saturday at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center uptown to raise awareness about 276 girls kidnapped from a Nigerian school.
Peter Awute, a native of Nigeria and pastor of the International Pilgrim Center in Charlotte, is among local organizers. The event begins at 11 a.m. and is expected to draw about 100 people, Awute said.
The Islamic extremist group Boko Haram kidnapped the girls from a remote town on April 14, leading to global outrage. Boko Haram, which has ramped up attacks in the region since the kidnapping, opposes the girls’ Western education.
Last month, the U.S. sent a team of military and law enforcement to help the Nigerian government search for the missing girls.
“We want the United States to put more pressure on the Nigerian government to find these girls,” Awute said.
Awute has eight children, including three daughters. His youngest daughter is 10 years old, not much younger than the girls abducted by the militant group.
Awute said he is planning to bring his daughters to the rally.
“Anything that can affect other families can affect us,” he said. “These children are collectively our children.”
The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.
Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email email@example.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer. Read moreRead less
The Charlotte region is vast and diverse. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all. The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day, but we ask that you keep the discourse civil.
- Do not use profanity or obscenities. And don't try to camouflage profanity with asterisks, abbreviations or other symbols or foreign phrases.
- Do not use threatening language. Talk of violence won't be tolerated.
- No racial, gender or sexual-orientation name-calling.
- Do not attack other commenters for their views. Do not libel or defame anyone or violate their privacy.
- Keep your comments succinct and stay on topic. Comments that bear no relation to the story may be deleted.
- Do not add images to your comments.
- Do not report comments as abusive simply because you disagree with them. Report them only if they violate these guidelines.
- Do not post spam or advertising of any kind.
- Do not post a comment using all capital letters.
We do not monitor each and every posting, but we reserve the right to block or delete comments that violate these rules.
You can help: Notify us of violations by hitting the "Report Abuse" link. Users who continue posting comments that violate these guidelines may, at our discretion, be blocked from submitting future comments as well.
And finally, as Mark Twain said: "Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."
Enjoy the discussion.