This week, a group called the Clergy Alliance to Save Abducted Nigerian Children announced that they will hold a daily prayer vigil from 12-12:45 p.m. at the Ralph Bunche Park, located across the street from the United Nations on the corner of First Avenue and 42nd Street.
On April 14, the Boko Haram, an Islamic militant group whose name means “Western education is sinful,” raided an all-girls secondary school in remote Chibok in the northeast region of Borno, Nigeria, and drove off in trucks with over 250 students. According to reliable sources, the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, is quoted in a video as saying, “We will also give their hands in marriage because they are our slaves.”
“It is our intention to sustain a prayer vigil as long as the abducted children remain in captivity, and even beyond,” said the Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry, who has a long history of Pan-African involvement. “For if they are freed tomorrow, they will still need help. While many activities have been conducted and we have participated in most of them, we need a continuing vigil to keep the issue before the world, especially world leaders. We can think of no more appropriate place than the United Nations.”
The Clergy Alliance invites the public to participate. They offer the opportunity for songs, prayers and germane readings.
A partial list of conveners include Daughtry, Dr. Babagide Olagbaiye, Dr. Karen S. Daughtry, the Rev. Dr. Emeka Nwigwe, Dr. Enobong Branch, the Rev. Sunday Igbinosa, the Rev. Dr. Robert Waterman, Archbishop Dr. Joseph A. Alexander, Bishop Jonathan Owhe, the Rev. Dr. Allen Martin, Bishop Orlando Findlayter, Dr. Joseph Chukwu, Bishop Dr. Julius Abiola, the Rev. Bruce Grodner, Bishop Lubin Moise and the Rev. Allen Hand.