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 (Ukraine).
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 intentions.
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 politics.
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 emotions.
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 kidnapped.
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 population easily.
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 school.
Maobuye Nangi Obu
The Campus Democrat.