TORONTO - Masai Ujiri spends his days searching for ways to make the Raptors better, but events in his native Nigeria are never far from his mind.
The Raptors' president and general manager is extremely worried – with good reason – about what is going on in Nigeria, where young women are being snatched up by an extremist group because they had the audacity to seek out an education.
The rest of the world has been slow to respond. Ujiri is using his position of power to try to hasten the help that is so desperately needed.
“What is happening in Nigeria is an absolute atrocity,” Ujiri said, unprompted, at the end of this week's season-wrapping media availability. He passionately said much more off of the record to another reporter and myself, but what he said on the ledger was equally moving.
“For me to grow up in northern Nigeria and see what it happening with the abducted kids and women there — I have a daughter, I have a wife, I have a mom and sister that still live in Nigeria.