Ohimai Amaize and the Missing Chibok Girls By Akeem Oyalowo
Ohimai Amaize is one of the low-level PDP boys whose job it is to sow seeds of discord among Nigerians all in the name of carrying out the job functions of media aide to officials in the government.
His latest piece on the missing girls taken by Boko Haram in Chibok is one of those classic pieces of how in the face of government’s failure to perform its most basic duties in a proactive manner, they try to divert the focus and attention of the citizenry by delving into blame games.
While one can go on long tirades of how hurtful the government’s action and inactions have been to the ordinary Nigerian and the arrogance which they display in response to issues as grave as the issue of the missing girls, I feel it is better to look at Ohimai Amaize’s piece, from one paragraph to another and reply each one of his questions.
This is what I have done below. My reply to his questions appear in red.
There was a directive that all schools in Borno state should be closed. Why was this school open?
Does the answer to this question precede the urgency of the need to find the girls and bring them back? For somebody associated with this government, does this not link the government with attempts to play the blame game rather than prioritizing the search and rescue of the girls?
The explanation that the school was open so the girls could participate in the WAEC examinations is doubtful. Some of the kidnapped girls are as young as 12 and even below. Do 12 year olds write WAEC?
This question again continues the premise started with your first question of a conspiracy theory. However your assertion that some of the girls are as young as 12, increases the alarm of all concerned persons. It increases the need to find the girls as quickly as possible, instead of you asking irrelevant questions as to why 12 year olds could be found in a school.
When the decision was taken to keep the school open contrary to the earlier directive, why was the Police and Army not informed so they can provide protection?
Now that the police and army have been informed of the kidnap and it has been 22 days since it happened, what have they done so far, beyond claiming the girls have been found when in fact they never made attempt to find them in the first place. Or which one is more important, that the army goes in search of the girls first or we start the blame game, a sport which Jonathan’s government might do well to register at the Olympics.
We have seen some parents coming out to protest. The number of parents and relatives of the kidnapped girls is remarkably low compared to the purported number of girls kidnapped. Why is this so?
What numbers of the protesting family and relatives of the missing girls will satisfy you? Is it a level of intelligence peculiar to PDP associated Nigerians that the number of protesting relatives be equated to the number of missing girls. If that is the case, maybe you can count the number of the protesting relatives and let us see if the army and police have found a number of girls equal to the number of those who protested.
Up till the present day, the school has been unable to produce a comprehensive list of the total number of students kidnapped and their photographs. Really?
Your level of intelligence amazes me at this question. It has been 22 days since the girls got kidnapped, and do you want to tell me that the list of those missing is still in doubt? if that is the case, do you still want to associate yourself with a government as inept as this one which 22 days after an event, its security agencies still do not know how many girls they are supposed to find? (of course, we know you have a job as one of the boys, and your love for or commitment to the Nigerian people is not a prerequisite for employment).
We have been told that some of the girls are already being sold in the market in Chad. Who saw them?
Whatever rumors have been going on, the government I believe has superior intelligence structures and will have better access to information. They should tell us what is really happening. If this question was supposed to continue your premise of conspiracy, you perhaps didn’t couch your words well enough.
Nigerian soldiers are among the best trained in the world. They have participated in UN missions across dangerous terrains world over. Should we not encourage them by believing in their ability to solve this riddle?
Shouldn’t the Nigerian military encourage us by showing they are on top of this issue by finding the girls,instead of demoralizing us by giving false news of escapes and rescues which did not happen.
We must begin to ask the right questions.
Who are the ‘we’ that must begin to ask the right questions. Who is supposed to answer them? Isn’t it the same government to which you belong?
Yet in all of these, the most important thing here is the fact that Nigerian citizens are missing. (I am happy you acknowledge this fact) We must believe that our patriotic men and women of the Armed Forces are committed to finding them and reuniting them with their families(believing in something do not happen in a vacuum, the military must prove itself again and again. Efficiency validates confidence.) Trust me, we will find the girls and also find out what really happened (find the girls first. And play your blame games later). It’s only a matter of time. (it’s only a matter of time is really a stupid thing to say or write. Assume one of the missing girls is your wife or sister, will you accept a remark, like it’s only a matter of time?)
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