Open Letter To Oby Ezekwisili By Akinyemi Oluwaseye
Let me start by saying I am one of many Nigerians who cherish and admire everything you stand for; a mother, an exemplary public figure, an achiever, an activist and an icon. You are a good example for everyone out there and a great reference to the unborn.
Ma, my name is Akinyemi Oluwaseye, another Nigerian that goes to bed sad, thinking about where the Chibok Girls may be, and the condition they may be in. There is nothing I can do than just to pray for God’s protection over them wherever they may be. Comrade Wahid Saka and I organised and executed a #BringBackOurGirls rally in Osogbo, State of Osun, in 2014. I respect your courage and hope that my 219 Chibok sisters will be reunited with their families very soon.
Recently #BBOG group was at the Presidential villa to meet with the president, the outcome which did not go to well with the group.
Going through the timeline of a member the group (Aisha Yesufu) on Twitter, I felt compelled to write you this open letter. Aisha is a lady I respect for her courage and steadfastness. She is one of few Nigeria ladies that deserves a national award for saying her mind. She has in recent times gained lots of recognition by carrying the cause of the Chibok parents and continues to be a voice for the safe and quick return of the Chibok Girls.
Ma, I think there is a need to bring Aisha to order. Her grouse with the president is confusing to me and should be straightened out.
To the best of my knowledge, “Bring Back Our Girls” is a call to action, one demanding action. The President, who is the Commander-in-Chief and person we demanding to bring back our girls, knows full well that the group came to him for answers and the immediate rescue of the girls and that the BBOG group also came to charge him to rise up to his responsibility.
How will it sound if the person we look up to for answer now joins the activists to chant “Bring Back Our Girls!”? In my opinion I will see him a person who is not sure of his responsibilities.
I will implore you, Ma, to use your wisdom, understanding and maturity to explain to my sister, Aisha, that the president cannot demand from us to bring back the girls. It is his responsibility to bring back our girls. I doubt if he meant any disrespect by beginning his address with the words, “Ladies and Gentlemen.
I write this open letter in good fate.