Like a night mare that has refused to go away, the abduction of over the 219 girls abducted from the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, on April 14, 2014 has opened wounds of despair and haunted passions, three years after the girls were taken from their comfort zones.
Across the world, the abduction touched the hearts of millions of people who expressed outrage on the action by members of the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents.
For Nigerians and especially, the girls’ parents, the past three years have been harrowing and of untold pains. Many believe that these pains and wound opened by the inability of the Nigerian government to provide answers on the where about girls can only heal with the discovery of the girls.
Indeed, it is a pain that must be brought to a closure by finding and returning the girls to their families and we believe that this is the abiding duty of humanity the world over, to keep demanding this until it is done.
The plight of these girls, commonly called Chibok Girls, has stir the conscience of humanity as never before, but three years after, the cry for their release seems to have waned, understandably, as many more grievous and murderous occurrences had overshadowed the Chibok tragedy. But after what seemed like a collective and tragic amnesia, the release of a hand full of the girls in 2016 is indeed, a reassuring development. The release brokered by government negotiators brought hope to the parents and relations of the girls who hitherto have lost hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
On this third anniversary of the abduction, President Buhari once again assured the parents that he shares their pain. In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari affirmed that as a parent and leader of the country, he understood the torment, frustration and anxiety of the parents and will spare no effort to ensure the safe return of the girls. If this sounds familiar, it is because Nigerians have heard it several times before, yet nothing was done. After two years in captivity, the seeming forgetfulness of the authorities is a sad indication of how humanity has taken flight from Nigeria, while business has continued as usual.