Former Minister of Education and Bring Back Our Girls campaigner, Obiageli Ezekwesili has called on President Barrack Obama to do more to help find the girls abducted by Islamist group Boko Haram.
“If he could get Osama bin Laden, he could get our girls,” she said.
Ezekwesili attends the TIME 100 Gala at Lincoln Center in New York.
Ezekwesili, who was named one of the world’s 100 most influential people in TIME’s annual issue this year, met with Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., and with Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, who runs a school for former child soldiers in Uganda, at the TIME 100 gala in New York City on Tuesday.
“It is time for someone as powerful as Barack Obama to compare the girls of Chibok to his own daughters.These girls are a symbol of our own message to girls, that they should be educated, that we would go beyond the call of duty for you,” she added.
Power said the U.S. was looking at ways to bolster the fight against Boko Haram, which has killed and kidnapped thousands in Nigeria over the past few months. “We’ve been looking at how to throw our weight behind an international force.”
Nyirumbe, who wrote on Ezekwesili for the 2015 TIME 100, said that the meeting between her, Ezekwesili and Power reminded her of “the power of women.”
“I would like to see a lot of people more involved in practical solutions to practical problems,” she said. “Women have got to the point where we can turn the world upside down.”
Other Nigerians who were named among the TIME 100 are President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, bestselling author, Chimamanda Adichie and Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau