On the night of April 15, 2014, about 272 girls were kidnapped by an extremist Islamist Militant group Boko Haram, from the Government Secondary School – a boarding school – in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria.
Along the line some of the girls escaped but as at October 2014 over 219 remain missing. This attack was the magnum opus of the violent sect that has left the disaster in its wake since 2009.
Before I go any further I would like to honor Oby Ezekwesili, the woman who has continually hammered on the issue of these girls almost 9 months after the evil deed was perpetuated. She and some other brave Nigerians prevented the “desensitization of the situation” to the Nigerian people and the World. God bless you all.
This act revealed two things about Nigeria and the world. First, the showed indeed that the world could come together in support of a cause – mostly under the hash tag #BringBackOurGirls. It made people pessimistic view of human nature and the world believe in love again.
Second, is showed the level of ineptitude within the Nigerian security system – a consequence of institutionalized corruption and lack of nationalistic patriotism. This I believe is being handled – albeit in baby steps – by the appropriate institutions of government. My only dilemma is that it took something this bad to happen before we could retrace our steps.
I have followed the issues as they evolved closely, from the activists to the deniers but what made me write this short piece was Sean Combs. Yeah you heard that right, the one and only Puff Daddy. At a Howard commencement speech in 2014, he said at the 10th minute of the commencement video“… we have so much power in here, I think we need to step up the Hash Tag, all I wanna say is Bring Back Our Girls Now…”
Immediately I stopped the video, went to my computer and typed these words…
Thank You for Listening.