In commemoration of the 100 days since over 200 school girls were abducted in Chibok Nigeria, some women football players in Abuja took to the field for a “100 days football Match for the missing Chibok Girls” on Tuesday, July 22.
The match, which was played between two football teams in Abuja: Dream Girls Women and Airtel Girls FC, ended 1-0 in favour of the Dream Girls.
With the nonstop attack on Nigerians by the Terrorism group in the North-East, and the abduction of school girls; the match organizer, Aderonke Ogunleye thought it very relevant to ask for their return using sports.
The award winning journalist and social change initiator, Ogunleye said she organised the event because she believed there is power in sports for development.
[eap_ad_1] “Sports is a powerful tool, a silent force that can be used to make great impacts in the society, a universal language and of course the only thing that brings Nigeria together, we are imploring the Boko Haram to please release the kidnapped Chibok girls” she said
“It has been a hundred days of wailing and crying in the household of these girls, mothers are not happy about it. We are begging the insurgents to please let our girls go back home to their parents,” she pleaded. Ms. Ogunleye thanked the partners of the programme – the Nigerian Red cross, UN Women and Airtel , for making the event a success.
Gloria Ewelike a central midfielder with Airtel Girls FC urged the Federal Government to find a way to stop Boko Haram from killing Nigerians and prayed God for the return of the abducted girls.
“I want to beg the government to try and stop Boko Haram from killing and bombing, We pray to God to help bring back the girls, God should soften their minds and return the girls to their parents” She said.