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Published On: Fri, Jul 11th, 2014

Letter to Chibok girls

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By Abdulrazaq O. Hamzat

On the night of 1April 14-15, 2014, Boko Haram militants attacked your school (Government Girls Secondary School) in Chibok and took over 200 of you away from the reach of your parents and loved one’s. You were taken away by the terrorists group without any trace. However, since you were abducted, many Nigerians have been expressing their worries about your whereabouts. I am not writing this letter out of joy, but rather, with sadness. I am sad because, despite knowing you are in the hands of insane terrorists who kill at will, I couldn’t do much more to save you than to protest.

My beautiful sisters, I do not know if you are reading this letter, but I know you are in the hands of God, he will never abandon you. Moreover, the prayers of the over 170million Nigerians are with you, our prayers shall not go unanswered. Just for your information, let me explain what has been happening since you were abducted 3 months ago and efforts made so far by all stakeholders to secure your release.

While President Goodluck Jonathan and the military continue to play politics with your lives, patriotic Nigerians under the aegis of bringbackourgirls have continued to demand for adequate government action toward your release. The brinkbackourgirls team is constituted by men and women from all walks of life, north, south, Christians and Muslims all working together for one purpose – bringbackourgirls. As they continue to protest your abduction on a daily basis, our cries were heard all over the world from US to Britain, Saudi to Isreal, Iran to Europe and all over the world. This ensures a global solidarity towards our cause and so far, almost every country around the world had joined the call to brink you back home, we shall not stop until you are back home safe.

Let me also inform you about a report that said that a journalist brokered a deal to secure your release in exchange for Boko Haram terrorists held in Nigerian jails , but this writer along with many other Nigerians objected to such exchange. Our objection was not because we didn’t care, but because we saw it as posing even a greater danger for the nation. For example, when the news of your abduction broke, a deadly bomb blast occurred in Nyanya, Abuja, killing over 100 people. Investigation by security agencies indicated that the attack was carried by Boko Haram terrorists. This writer reasoned that, if terrorists could launch an attack that killed over 100 people, exchanging such terrorist isn’t a wise decision, as it would empower the militant group with more man power to carryout their evil agenda.

If you were exchanged with 100 terrorist for example, the 100 terrorist could kill even a thousand people. Therefore, we think such exchange isn’t right and I stood by that decision. It is, however, regrettable that the Nigerian government which should lead the search for you is not doing so. It sees everyone demanding your safe return as an enemy, or an opposition that should be silenced. If not, why will a ban be placed on protests to bring you back home?

It is equally regrettable that the federal government is not ready to do the needful. Instead of channelling all efforts towards bringing you back home, President Jonathan’s sole concern is winning the 2015 presidential election. In an effort to prevent bringbackourgirls campaigners from further protesting at the Unity Fountain, Abuja, President Jonathan and his men employed the services of some misguided citizens to disrupt the daily protests with 2015 election campaign rallies. While you are in the hands of murderous terrorists courtesy of their failure to protect you as promised when they were sworn into office, they invaded bringbackourgirlscamp .

They made it clear to all with their actions that, your life is worthless provided they are re-elected in 2015. Though in their words, they claim to be concerned about you. Your parents whom apart from yourselves are the major victims of this cruelty have taken note of the insensibility of our government, all young girls in Nigeria also took note of it, and parents who know what it means to lost a child also took note. The entire Nigerian people have taken adequate note of this inhuman action. While we keep praying that God keep you safe wherever you are, we promise not to relent in our efforts to bring you back home safely. We shall not be discouraged by the careless attitude of our government, neither would we be frustrated by their tactics to force us to abandon the campaign for your release.

Abdulrazaq O Hamzat.via


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