It was not until April 2014 after the kidnap of the Chibok School girls by the dreaded Islamic Sect that the international community came to understand the plight of the people of North Eastern Nigeria, in the Hands of Boko Haram.
Until then, even after it's onslaught in Churches, Mosques and social gatherings after being founded in 2002, the militant group was not paid adequate attention by those in authorities. From CNN.com's 2000 deaths to Washington Post's 11,000 and Wikipedia's 17,000 among others, we've had series upon series of estimated death toll arising from the killings of the insurgent group that at a point I wondered if it's actually human lives we're representing in these lifeless figures.
Yes. I have wondered whether these victims of Boko Haram have had dreams and ambitions for their lives or do they even deserve a chance to live like humans in other climes do. And what about our Chibok girls?
The desire for education was their crime. They were made victims of one of the most disheartening human abuse and sexual slavery because they dreamed for a better future through the instrument of education. And each time I remember that these girls could have been my siblings. That those women raped, killed and maimed could have been our mother, my stomach cringe and I weep from my heart. Now, Nigeria is yet to bring back the Chibok girls after all effort and yet right within our very eyes is another uprising, in South Eastern and some parts of South-South Nigeria, in the name of Biafra.
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As usual, after flashes of violence and bold threats to the sovereignty of the Nigerian nation, I am yet to see a bold action on the part of the Federal government, to assuage frayed nerves and bring calm to the region. Again as usual, Policemen and Armed personnels have been deployed to stall lawlessness and restiveness in the area but indeed, I bet even Boko Haram have experienced this reactionary measures yet they later flourished.
Today, on the social media and beyond, the spate at which young Nigerians who probably did not feel the pains of the Nigerian civil war and it's aftermath show solidarity with the group agitating for the Biafran state, one will only be left wondering how extreme this group could become in the nearest future if Government refuses to take drastic measures concerning the situation.
As a Nigerian, it is not the concern of war that disturbs me as the effect of war on it's hapless victims who mostly would be women, children and the young ones. Those helpless ones who really do not have a say nor will benefit from the spoils of war in any way much like the Chibok girls. Beyond deployment of armed personnels, It is high time the Nigerian government and it's federating units assemble to discuss the way forward for Africa's largest nation.
It is time Nigeria's ethnic nationalities, religious and interest group sit and in solemnity answer the question; Nigeria whither thou goest. Until then, we may pretend. We may postpone the day of reckoning but we would have successfully allowed the breeding of another hydra headed Boko Haram.
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