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D'banj: Twitter helpingus cope after girls'kidnapping

Nigerian singer-songwriter D'banj
has said the international concern
about the kidnapping of 200
Nigerian schoolgirls is helping
people there to cope with the
Countries including Britain, France
and the US have sent teams to help
find the girls.
The girls were taken by Islamist
group Boko Haram in the west
African country three weeks ago.
The militants are against Western-
style education.
But D'banj says promises of
international assistance are helping
to calm people's fears.
He said: "I would say the mood
right now is a bit stable because of
the global attention that the
situation, even though negative,
has received.
"And now with the international
intervention from the western
world, I can only say that even
though there's a level of
uncertainty about the situation of
the poor girls, we're really just
hoping and praying that God helps
us out."
The kidnapping three weeks ago
has caused outrage worldwide, with
people like Michelle Obama, Chris
Brown and Angelina Jolie backing a
Twitter campaign,
#BringBackOurGirls .
The girls were snatched from a
boarding school in the northern
town of Chibok on 14 April.
An estimated 200 heavily armed
militants arrived at night in 20
vehicles to steal supplies and
kidnap the students.
They are now threatening to sell
the schoolgirls.
The 34-year-old said: "There have
been kidnappings in the past where
there have been one or two.
"But this is just new, it's just very
sad and that's why everyone is
uneasy and is on social media.
"I thank God for the support from
the international community.
"This will not only put a temporary
stop to it, but this is going to help
better prepare the Nigerian military
government to deal with the
counter-terrorism operations."
D'banj is best known for his 2012
track Oliver Twist which was a top
10 hit in the Official Singles Chart.
It was also number two in the UK
R&B chart and topped the African
charts in 2011.
The singer, whose real name is
Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo, added:
"Nigeria is a big place, the gap
between the poor people, the
average and the wealthy - we are
not divided.
"We live amongst each other and
this can happen to everybody. This
is why everyone is on their toes
about this."
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