Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls from their dormitories in northern Nigeria, which has prompted international calls for freedom and led to the hashtag #BringOurGirlsBack:
"I am shocked at the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls in northern Nigeria.
"There is no place in this world for the stealing of children and this vicious violation of human rights cannot be tolerated. All women deserve equal rights no matter where they live.
"Today we join together across Illinois to pray for the safe return of these girls to their families.
"May God protect them and keep their hope alive."