THE KIDNAPPED CHIBOK GIRLS.
Nigerian students say the recent kidnap of over 200 school girls from
their dormitory while they slept and the attendant reactions from
several quarters raises many questions begging for answers.
A group THE CAMPUS DEMOCRATS comprising students from senior secondary
schools to University undergraduates and fresh graduates said
students demand answers to the many questions for Nigeria to overcome
the Boko Haram menance.
Part of the statement signed by the National Coordinator MAOBUYE
NANGI OBU on behalf of the group reads:
“It started like small scale, road-side, petty crime and no one bated
an eyelid until now. Because it was treated with levity, today BOKO
Haram is large-scale crime against humanity, not only Nigerians, but
against the Sub-Saharan African Continent. Today, not even the original sponsors can quell the situation.
From countless bombings to gang raping, stealing and now, whisking
of innocent Secondary School Children. This has made the Country the
second most talked about in the international crime-scene after Crimea
On that note, we have carefully analyzed the goings on in the polity
and wish to make the submission that; Nigeria is loosing unless we
step up our game. One thing that bothers us (Campus Democrat), as past and present
Students leaders is that:
The politicians are busy playing nonsensical politics with human lives
in Nigeria. Firstly, it was misdirected “missiles” as a result of
misinformation or distortion of information either by the Government
or the opposition.
Truth is, we are uninterested and we don’t want to know who is/was
wrong and who’s right; there is no trophy to won in the end.
These girls are not politicians, they are innocent kids, we demand for
their immediate release.
Indeed it is shameful that we still haven’t heard the actual number of
girls that were kidnapped, some say they’re 129, others say they’re
200. Later we heard they are
actually 234, unfortunately, most
international media houses are reporting they’re 276 girls.
As young people, we do not know who to believe on this, we are touched
and concerned not only about the lives of these girls, but their
health status at the moment.
It is very likely these girls would have been sexually abused and
molested by these BOKO HARAM animals already!.
More shameful is, seeing some failed politicians hijacking the
#BringBackOurGirls protest which originally was created for good
We have noticed with dismay that there are some bad eggs in the
Nation’s security system that aides the BOKO HARAM activities by
dishing out some salient security information. This is unfortunate.
We have also noticed that some Nigerians are also hoarding some
helpful information about the BOKO HARAM sect; perhaps gullibility is
at play here.
We also have a feeling that the Federal Government is shying away from
naming the sponsors of this sect even after accusing the opposition
and some others of being the brains behind this menace. Of a truth we demand to know the sponsors of BOKO HARAM.
To make matters worse, we have seen the lackadaisical attitude of the
Borno State Government on this issue. It beats our imagination that
the Borno State Government and the School authority have failed to
produce the names and actual faces of the girls.
We believe that the government’s kids-glove treatment in it’s quest to
curb the insurgency has enabled these blood thirsty demons to continue
to fester and linger.
We have heard some elders from the North protesting that the
government should not force the “BOKO BOYS” to surrender, indeed this is
unheard of. We wonder if our fathers are subtly institutionalizing criminality by
encouraging the “BOKO BOYS” by this statement.
It is our belief that BOKO HARAM is now internationalized and perhaps,
over-politicized. For us, it is terror against the stability of the most populous Black
Nation, Nigerians must say “NO” to BOKO HARAM beyond religion and
We must learn to come together and fight these animals.
So far, we have heard of the government’s interventions and we are
demanding for the following:
1. That the Politicians, the opposition, the State (Borno State) and
the Federal Government should as a matter of urgency, produce the
innocent girls and stop playing politics with Nigeria people’s
2. That if truly the girls were kidnapped, we demand for their
photographs, names, town/Village, and date of Birth.
3. That, the various levels of government (States, opposition and
Federal), should produce the names of the BOKO HARAM sponsors.
4. That, the School Principal, WAEC, the Borno Government and the
Federal Government should tell us the actual number of girls
Similarly, we are advising that the Federal Government restrict
movement outside the Sambisa area, but people should be allowed to go
in. We are also suggesting the Government should run a DNA check on
stress in every Young man or woman within the affected area, this is
because; the “BOKO BOYS” may quickly collapse into the general
Finally, we are calling on the National Assembly to stop playing
politics and name-calling. We are expecting them to make nabling laws
that’ll terminate this menace. Rather, they’re only seen playing
politics of self aggrandizement and sheer fame, this should stop if we
must grow as a Nation.
Instead of calling names and shifting blames, it is best to make laws
that’ll deaden/quieten and eradicate this drama.
Above all, let’s not forget to pray for Nigeria”.
The group on it’s website www.thecampusdemocrat.org says there are
over 35 million Nigerian students of Voting age spread across 126
Universities, 76 Polytechnics, 48 Monotechnics, 53 Allied
Institutions and 103 Colleges of Education ans senior secondary
schools in Nigeria.
These constitute a large segment of the society whose opinions should
matter on how our nation is governed.
They say the group seeks to harness the power of this much overlooked
group to work for systematic change at all levels of government and to
introduce students to politics and to provide youths with the
knowledge and skills to graduate into public service as they leave
Maobuye Nangi Obu
The Campus Democrat.