Twitter users’ hash tag campaign to draw attention to the kidnapping of nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria had received global attention since the incident occurred two months ago. Now, at the biggest, and most watched sporting event in the world, the campaign has surfaced again with several fans attending Nigeria’s matches at the World Cup seen holding banners in support of the abducted girls.
A poster bearing the simple message of ‘#Bring Back Our Girls’ was first seen at Nigeria’s opening match against Iran on June 17 at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba. The match ended in a goalless draw.
When the Super Eagles took to the field against Bosnia Herzergovinia on June 22 at Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, at least three separate banners were photographed being held by fans. The first had the hash tag message scribbled on a large Nigeria flag, while a second was seen on a banner.