While the world observe day of the disappeared August 30 of every year in an attempt for government around the world to disclose the missing status of the disappeared and ensure individuals involved in their disappearance are brought to book, Nigeria government is yet to rescue the Chibok girls from captivity despite the military claiming to know their whereabouts.
Some soul searching questions from the recent press release by the people of Bama, Bornu state are questions that should get us thinking….
“Are we still part of Nigeria? For how long can we be running? What have we done for government at the top to treat us this way?”
These questions could have been asked by anyone under distress while feeling neglected by the people they elected into office. The country is filled with different conspiracy theories. Empathizing with others is now a big hurdle as a family member from the next door neighbor may soon be a victim given the increasing level terrorism which has gained ground through the negligence of the government over the years. The few people that are empathizing and raising their voices against ‘evil’ are being castigated and blackmailed.
While some of our neighbouring countries have arrested key government official fingered with sponsoring the terror group-Boko Haram,it is so shameful that our government is yet to take any drastic step towards arresting anyone. Some of our government officials are also busy making mockery of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. At long run this is equated with making mockery of the trauma, pain, and agony the parents of the Chibok girls are going through and also making light of the security condition in the country.
Kirchinga in Yola state was attacked last weekend, over 120 people were recently killed in Michika town. Mubi town which has been hosting displaced people from other parts of the Northeast is now deserted and people running for their lives. The people running to the mountain top for safety are also dying due to starvation and snake bites as no aids can get to them at the moment.
Most of these international media houses professing solution to insurgency in Nigeria are doing it for business’ sake and some of them don’t even know our location on the map. They have fed the world with news (good or bad) in order to stay in business. A business they are busy making out of us by mostly showing our woes to the world. Seriously, I don’t know what other evidence we need as people to realise that most of these international communities don’t have our interests at heart.
Boko-haram could have been avoided and nipped in the bud if we’ve been sincere in dealing with ourselves. While we continue to operate with different voices, the insurgents continue to get more powerful. It was recently reported that ISIS is now offering Boko-haram advice; a situation that could turn more bloody if “ISIS sets” join Boko-haram.
We can’t keep the country as one while we have different interests at heart. If we really want this country to stay as one, we have to act as one and redeem her.