When the #BringBackOurGirls movement started, I did not want to be a part of it. My cynical or perhaps realistic side took over and said Is this not the same Nigeria that we’re talking about pshh. Let me not waste my time. The cold fact is that I had been following the developments in the north long before those Chibok girls were kidnapped and with each day and each bomb, I was leftmore and more disappointed. There was no sense of urgency in the Nigerian government to act and defeat Boko Haram.
By the time the girls were kidnapped, I did not believe that their lives will be taken seriously (yes even with the worldwide movement). Sadly, I was right. It’s been a year and most of the girls have not returned. Their country failed them. In the most critical time when there should have been a haunt to find them, no such activity was taking place. Too much time had passed before the government began a search for them. The military is just now entering the Sambisa Forest that the girls were believed to be taken to. It is far too late.
We don’t need much of an imagination to know what have probably become of these girls. Their poor families have endured way too much as well. This will forever be a stain in Nigeria’s history. The government still owes it to these girls and their families to continue the search. Even if not all of them are found, we still need for the government to try harder. All these girls wanted was an education. They committed no sins.
My appeal may be mentally cynical but emotionally I’ll still say please #Bringbackourgirls