News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 8, 2014: Caribbean celebrities, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, are using their huge Twitter base to urge support for the more than 200 Nigerian girls, kidnapped by Muslim extremists led by Boko Haram chief, Abubakar Shekau.
The Trinidad-born Minaj, fresh from her Moscato ad shoot, retweeted First Lady Michelle Obama’s sign: ‘Bring Back Our Girls,” while adding: “So sorry to hear about this.”
Mrs. Obama tweeted a picture of herself Wednesday holding a sign hashtagged “BringBackOurGirls,” saying her prayers were “with the missing Nigerian girls and their families.”
Bajan beauty Rihanna for her part changed her profile shot to a man wearing a T-shirt which carried the handwritten sign.: “Bring Back Our Girls”
The picture is up for her 32.2 million followers to see.
U.S. intelligence sources believe the 276 girls who were abducted on April 14 from their government-run school in Chibok, have been split up, according to CNN. Shekau has threatened to sell the teenage girls “into the marketplace” as slaves, or force them to marry by age 12.
Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped the students and drove off with them into the jungle to prevent them from attending school, which Boko Haram says violates Islamic law. The total number now missing is unclear.
U.S. officials believe some of the girls may have been taken into remote regions of neighboring Cameroon, Chad or Niger.
Meanwhile, amid international outrage and support for the young girls, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said at the opening of the World Economic Forum meeting in Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja on Thursday: “By God’s grace, we will conquer the terrorists. I believe the kidnap of these girls will be the beginning of the end for terror in Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, Minaj completed an ad for Moscato wines @myxfusions commercial this week and tweeted out the sexy photos for her fans.
Here’s an eyeful: