Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Who will bring back Nigeria’s lost girls?

bring back Nigeria’s lost girls

If Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan can free the missing girls, he would have done it before now. He can't. He failed and he can’t do a deal with Boko Haram. What about Nigerian pastors and other political hierarchy? Can anyone bring back Nigerian lost school girls? It has been over one hundred days since the abduction of the Chibok girls. Over one hundred days in which the girls have had to endure pure horror and pain in the hands of terrorists. Over one hundred days of waking up at the mercy of the mood swings of terrorists.

Simple enough, but the question is rather not asked. And as such no answer is expected. The campaign to get the girls released has run into the swamp of Nigerian politics: the worst thing that could possibly happen to it. First, it was the hashtag campaign #BringBackOurGirls, then former president and elder statesman Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and then Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl and education campaigner, arrived in Nigeria on 12 July she thought she had managed to persuade President Jonathan to have his first meeting with the girls’ parents. He did indeed agree but the meeting didn’t take place, because the BBOG campaigners insisted on being there, and persuaded the parents not to go. All effort has led to the release of the kidnapped Chibok girls.

Malala, who is only 17, was reduced to tears, begging the campaigners and the Chibok parents by Skype link to see the president after all. Who will bring back Nigeria's lost girls? Can anyone within the country help. Can other world leaders do better than our current government?


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