Nigerian professionals belonging to the First Nigeria Organisation (FNO), have concluded their rally in Chicago, aimed at drawing global attention to the atrocities of the murderous terrorist group, Boko Haram.
The rally was a continuation of a series of rallies organised by the same group across major cities in the United States during the recent visit of President Goodluck Jonathan who was in the US to participate in the just-concluded African Leadership Summit hosted by President Barack Obama from August 4-6 in Washington, D.C.
The rally took place from 11am to 1pm at the historic Tribune Towers on Michigan Avenue in Downtown Chicago featured many seasoned participants including the Clerk of Cook County, Dorothy Brown, Rev. Dr. Janette Wilson, renowned American Civil Rights Activist and Senior Adviser to Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Snr., Dr. Ewa Ewa, Dr. Christian Akiwowo, Pa David Olupitan, Mr. Anthony Cole, Sir Tony Ochiabutor, Hon Uba Light, Joy Oshodi and others.
According to the participants, who carried placards with various inscriptions such as “Boko Haram Stop Killing Nigerians”, “Support President Jonathan to fight Boko-Haram”, “Bring Back Our Girls” and others, the rally was a conclusion of the Washington and New York rallies aimed at telling Boko Haram the world can no longer tolerate their inhuman and murderous tendencies to Nigerians with emphasis on the Chibok girls.
The Coordinator of the Nigeria First Organisation, Linda Oyewopo condemned the wicked acts of the Boko Haram sect imploring everybody to stand up to the murderous instincts of this deadly group.
Dorothy Brown, the Clerk of Cook County denounced Boko Haram for the abduction of the Chibok School Girls calling on the terrorists to release the girls soonest. She thanked the American Government for offering help to Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram and urged Americans to unite and stand with Nigerians so as to send a strong message that the world was united against Boko Haram.
Rev. Dr. Janette Wilson stated that terrorism has no colours and as such all hands – whites, blacks, Hispanics, browns, etc. should be on deck to bring the atrocities of Boko Haram to an end in Nigeria. She condemned the kidnappings of the Chibok school girls and called for their immediate release to their families.
Dr. Ewa Ewa thanked Nigerians and their American counterparts in Chicago for making out time out of their busy schedules to rally with Nigerians for the release of the abducted school girls leaving the assurance that Nigerians all over Chicago would continue to rally against the dreaded terrorist group until they release the kidnapped school girls and an end is put to the murderous activities of the group in Nigeria.
Dr. Christian Akiwowo denounced the terrorist activities of Boko Haram in Nigeria and urged Chicagoans and the global community to continue to support the ongoing efforts of the Nigerian government to bring an end to the activities of the terrorist group. He specially prayed that God should open the eyes of the Boko Haram militants so that they can understand the pains and sufferings they are inflicting on their innocent and law-abiding Nigerian victims and turn away from their evil ways.
Pa David Olupitan called on Nigerians and Americans to unite in the fight against Boko Haram because it was the right thing to do. He stressed that terrorism had no place in Nigeria and as such Boko Haram must be defeated.
In her remarks, Mrs. Joy Oshodi, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart in Chicago highlighted the accomplishments of the Jonathan Administration. She emphasized that although the Boko Haram insurgency dominates the headlines, that President Goodluck Jonathan remains of the most seasoned leaders Nigeria has ever produced and called on Nigerians of all ethnicities and the American public to continue to support the government of Nigeria in its efforts in putting an end to the activities of the terrorist group.
In their remarks, the organizers – the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) organizer in the United States, Linda Oloyepo, Otunba Badejo and Anslem John-Miller thanked all Nigerian professionals in attendance for making out time out of their busy schedules to rally in support of the abducted school girls and the efforts of the Nigerian Government to rescue the girls safely. They assured Nigerians that they would leave no stone unturned in their international mobilization to ensure that the Nigerian Government gets all the support she needs in order to rescue the abducted Chibok girls and defeat Boko Haram in Nigeria.