We were driven for what seemed like an eternity, the long drive was quiet, quiet not because we were tired, but quiet because we were uncertain of what lay in front of us, the realization that we had been taken sank in very fast, i had heard stories of people being taken captive and never heard from again, many of us had even paid visits to families who had lost loved ones either by way of a stray or intentional bullets, axes or machetes, or being taken away, i would always say the same things over and over again, Continue reading
We 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)
First Lady Patience Jonathan has asked all Nigerian
women to stop protesting over the abduction of over
200 schoolgirls of Borno State.
She spoke at the Presidential Villa in Abuja during
another meeting she convened over the issue.
Present at the meeting were wives of the governors
of Nasarawa, Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina, Kogi,
Gombe, Benue, Abia and Akwa Ibom States.
Others were the Borno State Commissioner of
Police, Commissioner for Women Affairs, the
principal of Chibok Government Secondary School,
the chairman of Chibok Local Government Area, the
divisional police officer in the area and the troops
on duty when the girls were abducted.
Mrs Jonathan, who had summoned some officials
and individuals from Borno State for questioning
over the circumstances that led to the girls’
abduction, yesterday expressed her frustration over
the absence of the wife of Borno State governor,
Hajiya Nana Kashim Shettima,
at the meeting.
Mrs Jonathan said since women of Borno State
were not willing to cooperate with her on the issue,
all Nigerian women should stop protesting, saying
should anything happen to them during protests,
they should blame themselves.
She flayed Shettima’s wife for allegedly being
unconcerned over the girls’ abduction.
Mrs Jonathan suddenly burst into tears, saying
repeatedly “God is watching o”.
She however said she could no longer weep more
than the bereaved, saying that Shettima’s wife
should be the more concerned.
“Before all these killings, I called and told the first
lady of Borno State to let us come together. She
answered me yes, but when the kidnap happened, I
called her, she did not answer me. I invited her, she
did not turn up even up till today. No woman will fold
her arms when her house is on fire. Today my
house is on fire.
“Before last Friday, I called her and she promised to
attend the Friday’s meeting here. Bit to our greatest
surprise, she sent her commissioner for women
affairs. Also today, she sent her commissioner for
women affairs. She is the mother of Borno State.
She is the first mother of these missing girls. I am
their grandmother. She is not coming out. All
Nigerian women are calling her. If she is not
concerned and she says she doesn’t want her
people to be safe, then it is left to her. If you tell us
you are not crying, why should I cry more than the
bereaved. If I cry more than the bereaved, the
world would ask me a question.
“If after today, Borno women say we should not
help them, then Nigerian women, don’t demonstrate
again. If you demonstrate and police do you
anything, you are on your won. Borno women are
playing game. Nigerian women should not go out for
demonstration. Don’t use school children for
demonstration again. Borno women are not ready
for cooperation”, she said.
Mrs Jonathan, who insisted that the whereabouts of
the abducted girls must be known, said she cried
yesterday during church service over the spate of
killings in the country.
Challenging all those at the meeting to tell the truth
about the girls’ abduction, she said Nigerian women
should not join men in the killings.
“People are dying. How can you play politics when
you see your fellow human beings dying. Nigerian
women, I beg you to support me. Why we will join
our husbands to kill others. We want the killings to
stop. If we don’t get to know the whereabouts of
our daughters, the next thing is they (Boko Haram)
will get to us. I am not accusing anybody. My own
is let us stop killings and kidnapping. Let us say a
stop to these.
“We don’t know what might happen. We don’t wear
bullet-proofs. I am not exempting my self or my
husband. If I am found guilty, let me go instead of
blood to flow. If our constitution is the problem, let
them amend it. Today’s meeting will not end
because the abducted children are still not out. If
you say I should go and sleep, I would go and
sleep. But if you say we should move forward to
see the end of this, we would go forward”, she said.
Also view video of first lady breaking down during stakeholders meeting on the kidnapped girls HERE
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