- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 8, 2014

First lady Michelle Obama got in the game of pleading for the safe return of the 200-plus Nigerian girls abducted from their Nigerian families by radical Boko Haram members — with a Twitter photograph of herself holding a sign and wearing a sad face.

Her sign: “#BringBackOurGirls.”

Twitter followers were quick to respond, and while some thanked the first lady for drawing attention to the international affair, others weren’t so enamored.

Lisa Pedersen tweeted: “@FLOTUS Nice. Are we doing anything as a world-wide community besides all this sign-holding?”

And from Branko Rihtman: “If only @FLOTUS knew someone influential that could help … she wouldn’t be only posting hashtags.”

And KRAB posted: “@FLOTUS because holding up a sign for a twitter picture is really productive towards getting them back …”

The Nigerian government reported that 276 school girls were abducted by the militant group, Boko Haram, on April 14.

Group members, meanwhile, have vowed to sell them into slavery, while officials around the world — including those in the United States, Britain and China — have offered to help locate the children.