I’ve been scattering my thoughts on the kidnapped and still missing, and very possibly trafficked, girls of Chibok, Nigeria, on Dynamic Africa’s facebook account and on twitter too. Every new news headline leaves me more and more troubled at the state of things - from the reports of them being sold, to the First Lady allegedly detaining one of the leaders of a campaign to bring these girls back home. But the one thing that constantly plagues my mind is the fact that these girls aren’t simply victims of Boko Haram, but of a government that has failed its people in so many ways.
With time passing by, and with our president pretty much admitting that he does not know where these girls are (whether in honesty or for security reasons, I don’t know), hope in their rescue is waning fast. I’ve seen a White House petition going around and I must admit, it makes me feel uneasy in so many ways. Whilst people are free to sign petitions as they wish, please do so only when you are completely informed about the issue and what exactly the petition’s agenda is, and the consequences of such actions. Politics is a power game. No one country comes to the aid of another simply on the basis of good intent and with no strings attached. Not to mention that the US is already involved in Nigerian domestic affairs and has been sharing security information (“intelligence”), in regards to Boko Haram and terrorism, with the Nigerian government for some time now. Plus, if you want to the Nigerian government to take any effective action on any issue (especially one to do with the welfare of Nigerians), you need to put pressure on the hands that feed them. If there is a petition that I would support, this one would be it.
More needs to be done by the Nigerian government. They’ve been missing for close to a month and President GEJ has only just appealed to the international community for assistance. What took so long?
This is a multi-layered issue that has exposed so many deep and disturbing factors about Nigeria and the country’s leadership in particular.
As a Nigerian, I see the #BringBackOurGirls campaign as a way to call the Nigerian government to action on so many issues: from Boko Haram and national security, and the failures of our government through corruption and exploitation, to human trafficking, the treatment of Nigerian citizens in foreign countries, and the constantly deteriorating quality of life in Nigeria.
What does the #BringBackOurGirls initiative mean to you, whether Nigerian or not? Leave a comment on Dynamic Africa’s Facebook page.