The Journey So Far On the BringBackOurGirls Demand By Okeke Godwin Iyke
After the unfortunate kidnap of over 300 Chibok girls on the 15th of April 2014, many schools of thought have emerged. Based on personal conversation and available literature, I came to conclusion that;
- Some school of thought never believed that any child was kidnapped
- Some opines it was northern political elites agenda to return to power
- Some say it’s the handiwork of opposition APC government
- Some say it was a Muslim agenda to Islamize Nigeria
- Some say the Governor of Borno should be blamed and GEJ exonerated
- Some blamed the FG for their doubts and self defense antics
- Some say its American sponsored terrorism
All the listed schools of thought might be right or wrong but my emphasis is on the need to #BringBackOurGirls. It is more of discussant oriented paper because the rhetoric questions embedded on it must be answered by the reader subject to his/her school of thought.
First is the school of thought that said that no child was kidnapped. They invaded the literary space with questions such as; where is their pictures? what is their names?, who are their parents?. The strength of this advocacy group withered when the northern C.A.N released their names as well as WAEC releasing their Pictures and their parents surfaced in Abuja. But because I was at the foot of the cross in the Golgotha where Nigeria was hanged for final breathing, I refuse to join issues. My questions now to this group are; having been confronted with answers to all your demand, is it not ripe to retreat? If GEJ refuse to act because he shares same view with you, you must also share in the blame of his government failure to act swiftly because he can use the machinery of government to answer all this questions on the first two days of this unfortunate incidence.
Moreover, another school of thought say is the Northern Political Elite Agenda to seize power. I beg to ask, who are the northern political elites? My list includes VP, ministers, Governors, Senate President, Speaker of house of reps, former Presidents/heads of State, former VP’s, former CJN, Former speakers, former ministers, former party chairmen, northern party leaders both in PDP and APC, former national office holders, Emirs, great academicians, etc. as of today, NSA, Defence minister, chief of army staff, VP, Senate president, Speaker, CJN, are all from the north and I assume they are all part of northern political elites. In these entire lists, VP, Most northern governors, some former heads of states, some former governors, some former party chairmen, some former ministers etc are strong allies of PDP and GEJ at large. Who are these powerful northern political elites? Do they exist in limbo? Does it mean that GEJ cannot checkmate them using all these northern allies supporting him? Does it mean that all these GEJ allies are not forces to reckon with in the north? Are all these northern PDP elites from the north sabotaging GEJ? Does it mean that GEJ has no dependable ally from the north that can leak any conspiracy to him for the past 6 years? If we weigh the northern political elite in PDP against APC, PDP, is greater. Is boko-haram sponsored by GEJ own party? After answering these questions, we can make progress in our search for missing girls.
Furthermore some say its Opposition party (APC) agenda to hijack power. Who are these APCs? My tables of contents say they are former ACN, ANPP, CPC, DPP and APGA faction. In the APC, The core northern critics of GEJ from APC has joined GEJ government, Shakarau, Haruna, Bafarawa etc. if there is any evil plans in APC to destabilize the government of GEJ, these leaders must know because they never voted for Jonathan. They are opposition to PDP since 1999 except Haruna. They are former presidential contenders. They are northern elites. Now they have joined PDP/GEJ out of frustration from APC, can they reveal if there is any evil plan by their former party leaders? Are they part of the evil plans in APC? Does Joining PDP wipe away their antecedents in opposition? If not for decamping of 5 PDP governors into APC that changed the power equation in Kano and Sokoto State, I’m sure Shakarau and Bafarawa will still be in APC and might even be the prime suspect of boko-haram sympathizers. Have they revealed anything against their former party or is GEJ employing the services of “suspects” to weaken the base of “suspects” .Kindly BringBackOurGirls as we awaits your clarifications on all these questions
Some say its Muslim Agenda to Islamize Nigeria. To avoid repetition, all these listed allies of GEJ from the North and PDP are all Muslims and they are in the majority. Can there be Muslim agenda behind them or are they the sponsors? Can Muslims sponsor the killing of their Emirs to islamise a country? The Emirs are now afraid to speak because their security and life is not guaranteed. Can there be Islamic agenda without Emirs consent? Does it mean that no Emir is a confidant of either GEJ or VP Sambo to intimate them of any evil developments? Does it mean that all the northern Muslim PDP governors are part of this plan to bring down the government and Islamize it? How many states in has been Islamized in the north out of 18 northern states? Are the governors waiting to Islamize the country first before Islamizing their states? Governors are empowered by the constitution to dethrone the Emirs, has any PDP governor dethroned any Emir on the suspicion that he is plotting against the state or trying to Islamize a state. Kindly BringBackOurGirls
Some say the government of Borno should be blamed for opening school against WAEC and ministry of educations memo. Some say blame him as chief security officer of the state. I manage to read a memo from ministry of Education. The letter was specific about unity schools which are owned by FG. Chibok School is not a unity school and that renders the Ministers letter useless. Besides, another letter written by the governor to the commissioner of police instructing him to provide security for those WAEC students was very informative. As the police failed to do their work as instructed by the governor, who controls and disciplines the police? Is it the governor? Did police raise any concerns as regards to any constraints that might impede their work to the governor? Is the Borno not under state of emergency? Has Borno stopped any military or police operation? Do we have state police or state army? Apart from political differences, does governor of Borno has any personal issue with GEJ. Is Borno governor the commander in chief? Yes, I will blame the governor but the GEJ is the chief security officer of the federation and CinC. While a Borno person blames their governor, Nigerians should do same to their Cin C. Kindly BringBackOurGirls
Some analyst has shifted the blame to America? Who invited America? At what point did we invite them? The FG once protested against blacklisting boko-haram as a terrorist organization by America. At what point did Nigeria realize that Boko haram is a terrorist organization? Was it America that forced Nigeria to admit? Kindly BringBackOurGirls
The final group was the group that asked the government to be swift, coherent and united against terrorist. Who converted the national security meeting to PDP governors meeting? Does that signify Unity? Was security issue supposed to be politicized? What was the security chiefs doing for the 18 days that GEJ was under delusion and serious doubt? Was there any security report? Is it illegal to demand from government to act as chief security officer of the citizens? Does peaceful assembly and sit out in Abuja unity fountain violates any law? At what stage did legitimate demand to BringBackOurGirls become a confrontational act to the government? Have any of the protesters gone violent?
Finally, our girls must be brought back no matter what it costs the government. The danger is for long run security concern not short run. The byproduct of these girls will manifest in twelve to fifteen years coming. Should these girls felt abandoned by us Nigerians? They might surrender and key into the evil teachings of boko haram. These girls might conceive unwanted pregnancy because an English adage says, “When rape is inevitable. Lie back and enjoy it”. If each of them delivers three children each for these evil men and our economy is injected with over thousands of kids with evil orientation. What will be our future? The implication is that boko-haram might persist till many decades to come and even outlive most of us. The multiplier effect of these evil kidnapping is underestimated by most citizens. Recall also that these victims do not go to school in sambisa forest. Their lessons every morning is teaching of hate and evil against humanity. Their dinner is rape and torture. This is a tragedy!
No matter your school of thought, my stake is that some children are held captive somewhere against their wishes and aspirations. They deserve care, they deserve freedom and It is duty of the government to protect them. We want them back.
BringBackOurGirls now and Alive!!!!!!!!!
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