The former minister of education and leader of the bring back our girls movement,Obiageli Ezekwesili on Monday said one year on ,the Chibok girls are still in the hand s of the terrorists. She said there cannot be closure. She said over 200 girls cannot just vanish. Ezekwesili says she was so angry a week ago that she snapped. She said her husband could not understand why she snapped. She also organised the bring back our girls silent march in abuja recently with red ribbon across their mouths as a reminder to the public that the girls are yet to reunite with their families.
About two weeks ago the director of the national information centre, Mike Omeri assured the public that the government was going to make a statement about the girls on the anniversary of their kidnap, it is expected that the government will be making statement soon. The signs that the girls will be found soon are not good.
There are however indications that the girls are alive. A woman told the media that about 50 of the girls were seen alive in Gwoza , one of the towns in the hands of boko haram before the military dislodged them. It is not clear if the terror group took the girls along as they escaped. No one is sure of their state. Are they now mothers or they still retain their innocence. The leader of Boko Haram had earlier threatened to convert them to Islam and married them out. It is not clear if he carried out his threat. The president during the campaigns alluded to the fact that the girls are still alive.It will be a huge relieve to the families of the girls and the nation at large if the girls are found alive
On April 14,2014 members of the terror group Boko Haram took the nation by surprise when they entered the Chibok girls secondary school late in the night in close to 20 hilux trucks and took about 219 girls from their hostel. Initially, it sounded impossible but as time went ,it became clear that it was real. From the initial reaction of the government it appeared they received the news in disbelieve. That probably explains their initial slow response to the kidnap of the girls. Subsequently it took a political dimension and the blame game started with no concrete plans both by the Borno state government and the Federal who incidentally are in opposing parties.
Malala Yousafzai the Nobel laureate in open letter called on the government and the international community to do more to bring back the girls. Some countries had offered to find but not much came out of the pledges.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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