Updated: 05/11/2014 8:33 AM
Created: 05/10/2014 10:41 PM KSTP.com
By: Todd Wilson
"Bring Back Our Girls" has become the rallying cry to bring back 276 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls.
And the mission has more meaning after First Lady Michelle Obama released a video protesting the kidnappings.
"This unconscionable act was committed by a terrorist group determined to keep these from getting an education," she said.
KSTP Spoke with local Nigerians who are thankful for her support.
Adekola Adediran of the Minnesota Institute for Nigerian Development says, his group represents many Nigerians locally. He believes the first lady has warmed her way into the hearts of Nigerians.
"She as a mother of two girls can empathize exactly what those mothers are going through," he said.
Along with Michelle Obama's video release, demonstrations denouncing the kidnappings have been held around the nation. There were marches in Boston, one in Atlanta, and another in Chicago. So far help has come in the form of British security experts and military officers and hostage negotiators from America. Adediran says, the U.S. has stepped up to the plate to help.
"Hopefully with the involvement of America, with Obama and the first lady leading in that support I know soon we'll all smile," he said.