Sen. Robert Menendez, Sen. Cory Booker, local Nigerians support efforts to find missing girls
NEWARK - New Jersey's senators and Nigerians from the Garden State say they are behind the nation's efforts to help locate hundreds of missing Nigerian girls.
Yetunde Odugbesan-Omede represents everything the terror group Boko Haram hates. "I was born here, my parents are Nigerian I just feel it's my duty not to forget where I came from," she says.
Odugbesan-Omede was born in New Jersey, raised in Newark and holds a PhD. She is a humanitarian and is not afraid to condemn the terror group's recent kidnapping of hundreds of girls.
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She has made countless trips to Nigeria. In 2010, she was in the capital when Boko Haram bombed the city's Eagle Square.
Odugbesan-Omede says that attack pales in comparison to the group's mass kidnappings and the fear campaign. "They've been doing this," she says. "They've been bombing schools they've been massacre-ing people in places of worship.
New Jersey's senators and Odugbesan-Omede support American efforts to find help find the girls.
However, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) insists U.S. troops will not be used.
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ) is praising the virtual twitter campaign #bringbackourgirls that has brought light to the mass kidnapping.
Boko Haram may still have the girls, but Yetunde Odugbesan-Omede has a simple message for all of them. "I want to encourage every girl," she says. "And every young woman in Nigeria to not give up."
Menendez hosted a round-table discussion with other Nigerians from New Jersey Friday.