YONKERS - Calls for the U.S. to continue aiding in the rescue effort of nearly 300 school girls kidnapped in Nigeria were heard at a rally in Yonkers yesterday.

Local leaders joined the "Sister to Sister" organization yesterday outside the Yonkers Riverfront Library and they condemned the actions of the militant group now holding the girls captive.

The demonstrators applauded President Obama's decision to send security experts to Nigeria to help secure the girls' release, but they say more needs be done. "We have a system where we don't negotiate with terrorists and I don't think we should, but we need to do what we can and infiltrate their regime so that we can bring these girls back," says Yonkers City Councilman Christopher Johnson (D).

Local leaders are also calling on Nigeria to strengthen its efforts to fight the militant group.