by Kolapo Olapoju
To mark the 100th day since the abduction of the 219 Chibok girls and to keep the conversation alive, Nigerian Female Footballers in Abuja took partook in a football match tagged ‘100 days football Match’, for the missing Chibok Girls.
The match, which was played between two football teams, ‘Dream Girls Women, and the Airtel Girls FC’ took place on Tuesday, 22 July in Abuja and ended with a scoreline of 1-0 in favor of the Dream girls.
Aderonke Ogunleye, an award winning journalist, who organized the event, said it was important to use sports to raise awareness about the abduction of the Chibok school girls and consequently, Boko Haram’s continuous attack on Nigerians in the North.
Ogunleye said she organized the event because sports is a powerful tool to make the menace of Boko Haram remain a relevant topic. “Sports is a powerful tool, a silent force that can be used to make a great impact in the society. it is a universal language, and of course, the only thing that brings Nigeria together, we are imploring Boko Haram to please release the kidnapped Chibok girls.”
“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.”
One of the players, Gloria Ewelike, a central midfielder with the Airtel Girls FC pleaded with the Federal Government to stop Boko Haram from the regular killing of Nigerians.
She said, “I want to beg the government to try and stop Boko Haram from killing and bombing,” she said, “we pray to God to help bring back the girls. God should soften their minds, and return the girls to their parents.”