With shallow graves of unveiled bones, rivers of shed blood,
wounded homes and don’t-ask-for-my-dad babies of the living martyr mothers of
Sambisa, it is a tale that will never be untold. Nigeria’s bloody six years;
the never ending cold days and treacherous nights of 2010-2015. The long and
short of this tale is that Jonathan and his Army chiefs lied to us. We were
duped, fooled, defrauded and betrayed.
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Boko Haram were never ghosts as Jonathan claimed. They were
never an enemy he and the Nigerian army could not pinpoint. As we now know from
videos of Sambisa and numbers of liberated abductees, Boko Haram established
cities and towns in Sambisa. Far from being ghosts, they were a brazen nation
hiding in clear aerial sight. Nigerian air force jets and drones over the years
took pictures and shot videos of inhabited expanses with camps that included
buildings and hundreds of vehicles with human activity rivalling Nigeria's
fairly populated cities. The entire global intelligence departments saw these
densely populated fossil fuel powered towns in Sambisa holding hundreds of
Nigerian prisoners and realized Nigeria was in a mess too big for them to amend
without sacking the country's lying military and civilian ‘leadership.’ In
disgust they resigned from helping to "bring back our girls" and did
the best they should: denied Jonathan guns Boko Haram confidently relied on.
Was it booby traps or booby towns he meant?
And as we free the hundreds of pregnant, irreversibly
abused, violated and abandoned Nigerian women from the cities of Sambisa and
kill all the escaping male youth also imprisoned there, not being able to tell
which male is ours or forcibly conscripted to theirs after abandoning them so
long, we ask Jonathan, Ihejirika, Minimah and Badeh, where are the booby-traps
you spoke of when you refused to bring back our girls and denied our brave and
determined ex-servicemen, vigilantes, hunters and Civilian-JTF the permission
to go into the cities of Sambisa and rescue our Chibok princesses?
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