THE HOAX CALLED #BRINGBACKOURGIRLS?

20140508-094414We are all aware of the situations plaguing this nation, and one of such getting direct and immediate attention is that of the terrorist group known as Boko Haram, yes they have unleashed so much terror in our hearts, and it has gotten to the point where we can no longer sit, and say “God will do it”.

They have killed innocent men, women and children, and have done so without any repercussions what so ever, and with that they took their malicious practices one step further, by kidnapping a group of young girls, from an educational institution, late at night, if you say cowards, then yes I will agree with you, and that was what it seems finally broke the proverbial camel’s back. It has caused so much outrage, and so much disgust, that almost everyone around the globe, has joined the #BRINGBACKOURGIRLS train, am pretty sure you are wondering why I say almost everyone, well I’ll tell you, because that’s the main reason why I am writing this.

We heard of the kidnap, long before now, and silently we hoped by some cosmic intervention, we would hear the girls had been found, and for a fleeting moment, we received word that the girls had been rescued by our knights in shiny armor, but that would prove later to be a false piece of information, and this got everyone talking, and the simple question that raged in our minds was, WHY WOULD THEY CHOOSE TO LIE ABOUT SUCH A THING?

We were expected to swallow this lie, and move on, and with time, forget about who was kidnapped, when and where, but alas, the questions refused to go calmly into the night, and suddenly there were more questions, and attention shifted to CHIBOK, BORNO state, the scene of that heinous crime, where more questions were asked, with very little answers, shrouded with a lot of secrecy , we read and watched as different parties played the blame game, but little did they know that this time, the questions would soon turn to demands.

The birth of the hashtag #BRINGBACKOURGIRLS was born, and it quickly gained global recognition, and so did the various questions on the sincerity of the whole kidnap saga, it is worthy to note at this point, that opinions are the sole property and prerogative of the holder, but it becomes difficult to grasp the various sorts of ideologies different people are walking around it, don’t worry I will attempt to expatiate.

A group of girls were kidnapped, and the news broke, we were all appalled at first, then there was fear, then we waited for a reaction from the helm, but to our surprise, the reaction was obviously coming either from china or Australia, because it was taking forever, and soon our fear turned to anger, and anger birthed demands, and during that period, we woke up to the sounds of bombs, killing more innocent citizens, and this was the last straw, it became clear at that point that it would no longer be business as usual, suddenly without being told in a village meeting, we all realized it was our right to demand for protection, for freedom, enough was enough, but while I wanted to believe that we all stood with one voice, the reality was quite clear, that we did not.

When the girls were kidnapped, lots of people demanded answers from the school authorities, at least to know whom we were demanding their release, this was to prove abortive, because a pictorial confirmation of the kidnapped girls was not forth coming, and this began raising doubts and suspicions as to the viability of the claims that the girls were actually kidnapped, but then, we were made privy to a list of the kidnapped girls, and for a moment, we all were beginning to wrap our minds around the fact that this could actually be true, but as usual it only lasted for a moment, and the “Oliver Twist” card was placed on the table, we wanted more, and again the questions began to fly around, “who are the parents of these girls”, the demand to see the parents of these girls, alongside pictures of the missing girls was gathering momentum, and while these questions were being asked, others who were certain these girls were missing, took to the streets, with placards, and chatting the already popular slogan BRING BACK OUR GIRLS, by this time it had already gone global, but even with that, the questions of doubt were still being raised.

It is worthy to note that, before the arrival of the international press, there had been no prior interviews conducted with the parents of the missing girls, but when they arrived, they headed straight for CHIBOK and sought out those parents who were willing to come forward, at this point one would think that, here was enough evidence to put Thomas at ease, but alas, it was not, more questions came up, why are their faces being hidden, it is staged, but those asking the questions simply forgot that these parents were still in CHIBOK, the very place where the group had taken these girls from, those asking the questions failed to realize that the lives of these parents, and that of their loved ones were still at stake.

The questions raged on, and the protests continued, the international community by this time was fully involved, now I won’t bore you with details on that.

The part that baffles me the most is, when you ask certain questions, think, and consider all the factors, before asking, is it fair to assume the whole world would be in on this elaborate hoax, and to what end?

Two videos were released within days of themselves, the first claiming responsibility for the kidnap, and after the first was released, we demanded to see the girls as evidence of the kidnap, and surely enough, another video was released, showing the girls gathered in a group, once again one would safely assume that finally, everything was now out in the open, but alas, again Thomas decided to question the integrity of the video.

I have seen lots of comments on Facebook and on twitter, and some were even bold enough to say, the video showing the girls was a staged fiasco, something created to undermine the Govt of the day, some say the girls were looking to fresh to be kidnapped, and others say it’s a video carved from and Islamic school, and I ask this question again, why would the whole world connive just to undermine one Govt?

It leads me to wonder, after the bomb blasts in Abuja, why were these same questions not asked? Why didn’t Thomas claim that some popular movie directors were invited to stage those blasts, and all the corpses we saw littered everywhere were just props, and the blood and shattered glass was the hand work of highly talented makeup artists, and special effects geniuses.

Why is the kidnap of over 200 girls, a cause for doubt?

I wonder, how some sit in the comfort of wherever it is they are, and claim the kidnap is a big lie, when lives are involved, if the kidnap is a big lie, then you can also go a step further and claim, all those that have been killed in the various attacks over the past years, have all been a lie, and their deaths were staged.

It’s a sad day to realize that we have lost our sense of humanity, simply because Thomas is struggling day and night to be the one to say “I told you so”, but this time, Jesus won’t be around to offer you his hands so you can put your fingers through it and believe.

If you cannot allow yourself, the heart to watch the video, and look into the eyes of that scared girl, as she struggled with her courage to stand there and speak, then I fear hope is gradually being lost, but the hope is still alive, because Thomas is just one out of the twelve, and the eleven left constitute the other Nigerians, who give their time, and the rest of the world who have given their voices in one way or the other, to make a demand to BRING BACK OUR GIRLS.

In closing, whatever your beliefs might be, I say this, out there somewhere, there are a frightened group of girls, without a voice, who need us now more than ever, we should all endeavor to drop the tribal, religious and political sentiments, and demand that they be rescued, and this menace be clipped and disposed of once and for all.

Written By- Arome Ameh (The Priest)

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20 thoughts on “THE HOAX CALLED #BRINGBACKOURGIRLS?

  1. rotimi says:

    thanks !

  2. C Diddy says:

    Good piece. However,please don’t blame those that doubt. The whole issue is enshrouded in mystery,intrigue,lies and political hullabaloo that it could also be comfortably sold as an internal plot to make GEJ look bad. So many unanswered questions…

  3. archcardinal says:

    Argumentum ad hominem! As a piece steeped in appeal to the man (or to pity), you’re spot on. However, the burden of proof lie on the accuser. While it is very convenient to believe (perhaps rightly so) that some girls are indeed missing, not one iota of proof has come to rest the “thomases”. We all wrote WAEC and know about photocards… has waec or the school authorities offered their duplicate copies? The escaped girls ran over 100 kilometers on the road that they’ve never been to in their entire lives while probably being chased by men with guns, men who have killed innocent bystanders yet become lily-livered to extinguish captives? The ‘escaped’ girls by some miracle all turned out to be Muslims and no single christian? The international media in their characteristic scrutiny forgot to match pictorial evidence with the videos even with all the face detection technology in the world? Conveniently, the Governor of Borno State and Senator now know both where the girls are and who is behind Boko Haram and wouldn’t speak so ‘heads won’t roll’ and we are okay with that? This same Governor is sworn in as the Chief Security Officer of Borno State and while he has knowledge of the solution to the security breach in his state and yet remains silent with the hopes that the Federal Government should ‘go and figure’? The same ‘response’ from the international media that could find Saddam Hussein have not been able to locate these girls or Abu Shekau and his cohorts since?
    My summation good sir, is that as a vocal person, I give you credit, but as a proponent of truth and justice, you’re still a mile away. Governance and activism are two different things and the burden of proof was not, even so slightly, scratched by your write up.
    Consider this: “What if the Chibok saga was stage-managed, wouldn’t you think that in the script, as with great drama, that there will be a final conflict to put a final ‘crush’ to the Boko Haram episode to give the actors a great sheen to bask in?” while I leave you with that thought, I will say this: I am a dramatist and poet and if I were to write this evil script, then the end will probably sound like the Chibok saga (or any such heightened conflict). Again, neither Government (Borno & FG) has been completely honest about this… take these as my honest opinion and ruminate on them as a devil’s advocate if you may (and please publish this as a dissenting voice to your post… at least so that others will have the option of a balanced argument)!

  4. archcardinal says:

    Argumentum ad hominem! As a piece steeped in appeal to the man (or to pity), you’re spot on. However, the burden of proof lie on the accuser. While it is very convenient to believe (perhaps rightly so) that some girls are indeed missing, not one iota of proof has come to rest the “thomases”. We all wrote WAEC and know about photocards… has waec or the school authorities offered their duplicate copies? The escaped girls ran over 100 kilometers on the road that they’ve never been to in their entire lives while probably being chased by men with guns, men who have killed innocent bystanders yet become lily-livered to extinguish captives? The ‘escaped’ girls by some miracle all turned out to be Muslims and no single christian? The international media in their characteristic scrutiny forgot to match pictorial evidence with the videos even with all the face detection technology in the world? Conveniently, the Governor of Borno State and Senator now know both where the girls are and who is behind Boko Haram and wouldn’t speak so ‘heads won’t roll’ and we are okay with that? This same Governor is sworn in as the Chief Security Officer of Borno State and while he has knowledge of the solution to the security breach in his state and yet remains silent with the hopes that the Federal Government should ‘go and figure’? The same ‘response’ from the international media that could find Saddam Hussein have not been able to locate these girls or Abu Shekau and his cohorts since?
    My summation good sir, is that as a vocal person, I give you credit, but as a proponent of truth and justice, you’re still a mile away. Governance and activism are two different things and the burden of proof was not, even so slightly, scratched by your write up.
    Consider this: “What if the Chibok saga was stage-managed, wouldn’t you think that in the script, as with great drama, that there will be a final conflict to put a final ‘crush’ to the Boko Haram episode to give the actors a great sheen to bask in?” while I leave you with that thought, I will say this: I am a dramatist and poet and if I were to write this evil script, then the end will probably sound like the Chibok saga (or any such heightened conflict). Again, neither Government (Borno & FG) has been completely honest about this… take these as my honest opinion and ruminate on them as a devil’s advocate if you may (and please publish this as a dissenting voice to your post… at least so that others will have the option of a balanced argument)!

  5. dazeetah says:

    God bless You, Arome.

  6. Bros, I’m tired of these people and their wahala. If you don’t believe the girls were kidnapped, it’s okay. Leave those that do. If they were not kidnapped no need to say it, just mind your business, knowing that no girl was kidnapped.

  7. Ayourb says:

    God bless you, wherever you are….it is heartwrenching to read stupid and inane comments devoid of logic and any shred of humanity that is being peddled all over the place, all in the name of protecting the govt of the day. Social media is simply helping to amplify otherwise latent stupidity inherent in few humans amongst us. God bless you for speaking for the majority of us, the sane folks.

    • ameharome says:

      Thank you ayourb, sometimes the pain turns to anger and then to utter disgust, when u see folks losing their humanity for the sake of sheer ignorance

  8. hellynux says:

    Arome, Good write up here. I really am appalled/ ashamed at the rate handlers of GEJ’s Govt are looking for every available loophole to trash this tragedy. The Govt knows they have failed us,the girls. And in the eyes of the world we are being mocked but Instead of them to have admitted their mistakes and gotten help fast from foreign countries in rescuing these girls, they keep dwadlling and twisting things to suit their selfish and wicked wims. So the whole world now hates GEJ so much that we all conspire to humilate him?. Yea right! One question that bugles my mind though is this…so if an outrage/ outcry for #bringbackourgirl hadn’t happened, these girl’s dissapearance would just be like that?? It’s time NOW for us to take the safety of our ives into our own hands as those sworn to protect us have all abandoned us to our fates….. But how I’ll ask? I shudder at the type of evil men that our leaders have become. Maybe just maybe if one of their daughters were involved things wouldn’t be this way….. Shameful indeed!

  9. God bless you for this Bro.

  10. anthonia says:

    You deserve far more accolades than I can express, so I’ll make it simple. THANK YOU!!!

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