Walk supports missing schoolgirls campaign

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Students from the University of Buckingham’s Africa Society and Nigerian Society are doing a solidarity walk through Buckingham tomorrow, Friday, in support of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign.

More than 240 Nigerian schoolgirls are still missing, weeks after they were abducted from their school as they slept by armed militant group Boko Haram.

President of the university’s Africa Society, Adebayo Razak, said the uni has close ties with his home country of Nigeria, with many alumni now occupying influential positions back home.

The university currently has 200 Nigerian students, mainly studying law, and a further 1,584 have passed through its doors since 1976.

Mr Razak said: “A lot of very prominent Nigerians have passed through the university.

“It might be a very positive platform for the message to get to Nigeria.

“If you believe in the message of equality, it’s a good opportunity for us to add our voice to the rest of the world.”

The Africa Society has started an e-petition to the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Nigerian High Commission, urging them to do everything possible to bring the girls back as soon as possible.

The students will be wearing white T-shirts for their solidarity walk, which sets off at 2pm from Old Tanlaw Mill.

Mr Razak said: “The strength of our voice carries a message of hope to affected families and further acts as a wake-up call to the various national governments.

“Though we may live in a different country, speak different languages, belong to different religions and cultures, the human race shares a common bond of love and unity which can only be preserved by equality, justice and freedom for all.”

Find the petition at www.facebook.com/africasocietybuckingham