Nigeria school abduction sparks social media campaign

Former Nigerian Education Minister and Vice-President of the World Bank"s Africa division (3r L) Obiageli leads a march of Nigeria women and mothers of the kidnapped girls of Chibok, calling for their freedom in Abuja on April 30, 2014. Hundreds of protesters marched in Abuja on 30 April, demanding urgent government action to rescue the girls.

The campaign for more to be done to rescue over 200 schoolgirls abducted by militants in northern Nigeria is attracting growing attention on social media. Figures show the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag, first used on 23 April, has generated more than 360,000 tweets and retweets so far.

Of the 160,000 tweets from users who specify a location, more than half have come from Nigeria, followed by the US, the United Kingdom, South Africa and other countries, according to Crimson Hexagon data.

High-profile pop stars such as US singer Mary J Blige and the UK's Jessie J have picked up on the story, and have generated thousands of re-tweets.

M J Blige tweet

A Facebook page entitled Bring Back our Girls was set up on 26 April, and has almost 6,000 'Likes' so far.

'Inept government'

Nigerian Twitter users express exasperation at the government's failure to rescue the girls, who have reportedly been taken to Sambisa forest where the Islamist group, Boko Haram, is known to have fortified camps.

User @femiTRIPP urged Nigerian President Goodluck to at least be seen to be doing something about Boko Haram:

femi tweet

User @yeancarh_smylez tweeted:

Smylez tweet

Some users posted photos of the protests, as in this tweet:

Tweet from Nigerian social media user

Others wondered why the government wasn't using aerial surveillance and intelligence to flush Boko Haram out of the forest. @LafiyaSani asked:

Sani tweet

@omojuwa tweeted:

omojuwa tweet

Some commentators called on citizens to take matters into their own hands.

User @stbenjanin tweeted:

Anyigor tweet

User @9japatriot thought the parents who were organizing protest marches were not going far enough.

patriot tweet
map #BringBackOurGirls tweets were posted from many countries on 1 May

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