A year has passed. Some would be celebrating anniversaries of joy, marriages, birthdays, success and just good life. Some would reflect back today and remember how far they have come towards reaching their goals. It could be anything. Done with WAEC, a proposal, an admission to school, anything. It has been a great year for some, a tough year for others. However, would we be comfortable enough to easily use the word ‘tough’ when it comes to marking a year of the missing chibok girls?

A year ago, over 219 girls were taken from school, by men who have caused havoc and operated in terror. Men, carrying guns and driving big cars, coming to just take them away with no explanation and no reason whatsoever. Girls, all at the blossoming time of their lives, a time when they were making plans and preparing for the path that would lead them to become the women they should be, snatched away by the evil, the greed and lust of men who have no cause.

Of course, since they are in a country, they should be rescued and saved as soon as possible. However, reverse was the case when their plight was used for political drama and play for power. The silence from Aso Rock was unbearable. And the only way it was shattered was when the international society forced it to look towards Sambisa Forest to save face.



Malala Yousafzai’s open letter to the Chibok girls

Buhari as President-Elect, made a statement as we mark this sad and embarassing day in Nigeria’s history:


“Today is a time to reflect on the pain and suffering of the victims, their friends and families. Our thoughts and prayers, and that of the whole Nigerian Nation, are with you today. I want to assure all of them, and particularly the parents, that when my new Administration takes office at the end of May, we will do everything we can to defeat Boko Haram. We will act differently from the Government we replace: we hear the anguish of our citizens and intend to respond accordingly.

This new approach must also begin with honesty. We do not know if the Chibok girls can be rescued. Their whereabouts remain unknown. As much as I wish to, I cannot promise that we can find them. But I say to every parent, family member and friend of the children that my Government will do everything in its power to bring them home. What I can pledge, with absolute certainty, is that starting on the first day of my Administration Boko Haram will know the strength of our collective will and commitment to rid this nation of terror, and bring back peace and normalcy to all the affected areas. Boko Haram” means “Western Education is Sinful”. When they are defeated militarily, as they will be, we will ensure our citizens in the affected areas have improved educational opportunities as a direct counterbalance to Boko Haram’s twisted ideology.

In particular we will educate ever more young girls ensuring they are empowered as citizens of Nigeria. Let us use this anniversary to remind each other that the attack on Chibok was an attack on the dreams and aspirations of our young people. We stand united in our pledge to resist terror in Nigeria– not just through military means but also through the power of opportunity and the hope of a better future for all.”

I call it an embarrassing day because a whole Nigeria, Giant of Africa, a country that has protected others outside its borders, cannot even protect or rescue her own children. It is shameful that we even have to mark a day like this. This day has gone beyond terror the Chibok girls have gone through. This day commemorates the dignity that we have lost as a nation.

The elections just ended on a surprisingly peaceful note in most parts of the country. Many have shouted on the rooftops that the Outgoing President be seen as a hero and bestowed a Nobel Prize for his act of conceding to defeat. However, this is not the face of a hero.


But I offer you faces of heros. Girls taken away from all they have known into captivity and enduring it all with a hope of seeing their families again.


Mothers who never stopped crying and standing up to the government and demanding that their voices be heard and their girls rescued.


Fathers who risked their lives in pursuit of their girls despite knowing that they themselves might never make it back but had to do something for their girls.


Protesters who stood and never let it slide in different parts of the world.


Soldiers who are willing and are only waiting for that order to strike.


To the Chibok Girls, may God be with each and everyone of you. May you never lose sight of hope. May you all be brought back home and may you all have the courage to build and live life better than what you were meant to.

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Bring Back Our Girls.


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