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Native Nigerians Set to Hold a Prayer Vigil for Kidnapped School Girls

TROTWOOD -- A local Nigerian group is holding a prayer vigil for more than 200 girls still be held captive by a radical Islamic group.

Leaders of the Dayton Nigerian community say the group Boko Haram has been wreaking havoc in their country for more than two years. They are hoping the kidnapping of hundreds of girls from their boarding school three weeks ago will be the beginning of the end for the group.

Dayton resident Dr. Funso Oluyitan, who has lived in the U.S. since 1969, goes back to Nigeria regularly. He say he believes the group will sell the girls to help fund their violent causes. The group has vowed to sell the girls, who are between 13-18 years old, for just $12 to men who will marry them in nearby countries.

Oluyitan says the group is supported by corrupt politicians who support the return of sharia or Islamic law and want to eliminate any western influences in Nigeria. 

The vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Zion Baptist Church on Philadelphia in Dayton.



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DAYTON -- Native Nigerians will hold a prayer vigil Friday night in support of those school girls kidnapped in Nigeria by a terrorist group and the girls' families.

Special Contributor Natasha Williams spoke with a business owner and leader of the Dayton Nigerian community about the international attention the mass kidnapping is getting.


 
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