April 14th, 2014, over 200 girls were abducted by the Boko Haram insurgents from their school in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria. Their crime – getting a formal education, especially a females schooling in the Northern part of the country where Boko Haram seek to Islamise and enforce the Sharia Law.
Since their abduction, many issues of concern have been brought to bare over the actual status of the situation, the potency of the government and the security personnels in effectively planning and initiating a rescue, the sympathy felt for the parents of the abducted girls, the #BringBackOurGirls campaign and so on. These concerns have generated several sentiments, actions and reactions.
A nation, any nation even, should have the security of her people and their properties on high priority always. What is a nation without her peace, security and sovereignty in place? When there is an issue that makes the citizens and populace of a nation doubt or have any under- expected concerns about their absolute safety, issues, sentiments and opinions are bound to arise. And in no view should any of such concern be disregarded, politicised, exploited or even undermined.
Boko Haram’s unleashed inhumanity on Nigeria has taken it’s toll this year, even before and after the abduction of the Chibok Girls, but no doubt the case of the Chibok Girls created an awareness like never before and many people associated with the level of different discourse it generated. So, it is a pivotal focus that one could say capped (not that others are unimportant) the activities of Boko Haram in Nigeria this year, hence the over pouring media and global attention on Chibok Girls.
On the #ChibokGirls case, it is so pathetic and uncontrollably sad that they are still held in captivity. One could imagine the untold, the unheard hardship and perhaps torture and other inhuman conditions those girls would be subjected to. This should be the primary alignment that bind us (I mean every human with a heart) in course of raising concerns and sentiment their abduction is generating. It unfortunate that these emotions are politicised and even in-humanly trivialised in twisted propagandas and pun.
If as of today, 261 days gone, there is no proper report, logistics, statistics, plan of rescue communicated to the populace about the #ChibokGirls abduction, where is the hope that we as citizens are supposed to have in a government entrusted with this responsibility? There is no other way to say it that government hasn’t addressed the issues with the maximum attention it ought to. Recently, there deafening silence on the matter is very disappointing.
Rather than keep an update and a keen interest on the matter, there has been nothing but series of lies and propaganda about the release of the girls, exchange of prisoners for the girls, a reported cease fire with Boko Haram and uncalled hostility towards protest
and the #BringBackOurGirls campaigners who daily sacrifice their time and resource to keep the matter in limelight.
It should baffle anybody with a heart, that a government is so lackadaisical about such an important issue and also negligent about their projected attitude and incompetence to the people. Hence, all these sentiments and emotion out-pour. Now in the height of electioneering, it is clear that the #ChibokGirls case is gradually descending on the government priority list, if ever it was on it.
Though the years has come to an end, without their rescue, it should be noted that the demand for the girls rescue has not. The freedom of the girls is worth more than politics, it is worth more than any special interest anyone could seek about their release.
The humanity in us should keep us all in one accord for the demand of the rescue of these girls. They are part of us, tribe and politics apart. They are our sisters and children, and they should be brought back home. The same goes for every other abducted woman and girls apart from the Chibok Girls.
Oluwaseyi Gideon-Abidoye writes from Port Harcourt, Nigeria.