D'banj: Twitter helping us 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 situation.
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."