Tuesday, September 2, 2014

10,000 views and #BringBackOurGirls

We have gotten to 10, 000 page views! I don’t know what else to say but thank you for reading!

I want to use this post to go back to why I started this blog two years ago. At the heart of this blog is one of my biggest passions – Nigeria, my country my home. At the moment, even more than before, my government is failing in more ways than one can imagine. Let us put aside the corruption complaints, poverty issues, lack of electricity and water distribution, poor educational systems, bad roads and infrastructure, our girls are still missing, our girls are still not back.

About 140 days ago, Boko Haram (BH), an Islamist terrorist group that started terrorizing Nigeria some four years ago, took 276 girls in Chibok. Some have escaped, some have been sold, some have been used as suicide bombers but many are still missing.

Some argue that politicians are behind the rise of Boko Haram, which was recently confirmed by the Australian hostage negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davis when interviewed recently. President Goodluck Jonathan brought him in to advise on the kidnapping of the Chibok girls. However, it is more than just our politician’s involvement now. ISIS, a British Islamist terror cell group, is giving Boko Haram tactical training and Al Queada is funding them. Nigeria frankly does not have the manpower or adequate skills to deal with this issue. The International community especially America have tried to help Nigeria stop Boko Haram by providing funding but for some reason their efforts are not making much of a difference because thousands of Nigerians are still dying and children’s lives are still at stake. 

Therefore, there must be more that meets the eyes. With Dr. Davis’ recent confirmation, if our politicians are funding this group then this saga is never going to end. Even if these supposed politicians wanted to stop funding BH, the situation has become even larger than they anticipated. The genie is out of the bottle. It is incredibly sad that certain people’s thirst for power and sheer greed has and will continue to cause millions in Nigeria to suffer. 

What can be done to stop them? Who can come to Nigeria’s aid? 

At this point as a citizen of Nigeria, all I can do is pray, pray for the families whose lives are being affected by this group. Pray for some kind of divine intervention and that every enemy of the state, every politician or silent investor funding this group or involved with this group should find a way to stop this monster they have created. Too many people are dying, too many children are being raped, witnessing absolute horror, all because of what? Money? 

Please do not forget to keep talking, keep writing, keep rallying to #BringBackOurGirls


  1. BH is a good example that the Nigerian govt/politicians are in way over their heads. It has def gone beyond what they can handle and backing out will not change a thing. I met a girl once(Nigerian now living in USA) who says Nigerians can change their situation and she's not completely wrong but I disagreed where she starts to make comparison btw nigeria us and other countries...ppl are quick to forget that these countries have a system that works both ways. Sure the citizens can do something(the strike on fuel price increase a very good example) but for how long? They cannot do all alone and when you have ppl more concerned about their own lives, how's that going to work in the country's favour?

    1. Hi J,

      Thanks again for commenting! I agree with you it has to be a partnership between the State and its people. However, Nigeria has gotten to a state whereby if people expect change, we need to generate it ourselves. In relation to the govt on issues of terrorism, I have no idea how this situation is going to die down.

  2. Are these girls really missing at the first place?