Happy New Year my dear readers. Yes i say Happy New Year because this is my first post this year as i dont have time to write as much as i “didn’t” use to. Anyway, Boko Haram militants descended on a boarding school in northeast Nigeria on the night of April 14. By morning, the militant group had herded 276 schoolgirls into trucks and vanished behind the forest brush in the town of Chibok. That was one year ago. Since then, some of the girls have managed to escape on their own, but over 200 are still missing and government search efforts have been unsuccessful despite a global social media campaign and pleas from international leaders. Bring Back Our Girls Campaign was launched, people all over the world participated by posting photos of themselves holding boards/papers with the #BringBackOurGirls written on it… (I also participated) *wink. This garnered attention on Twitter last year using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. High-profile political figures such as first lady Michelle Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and British Prime Minister David Cameron endorsed the social media campaign. But the conversation on social media never rendered political action, highlighting the disconnect between public support and political will that often arises in international conflict, media experts said. The Nigerian government only acknowledged the mass kidnapping at the Government Girls’ Secondary School in Chibok two weeks later, when the missing girls began to make international headlines. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan made his first public comment three weeks after the abduction, promising to ensure the schoolgirls were freed from their Boko Haram captors, who had claimed responsibility. “Give us some time over the Chibok girls,” Jonathan said on a nationally televised program last year, according to the Associated Press. “The story will be better in a few weeks.” The Nigerian army claimed military success against the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast earlier this year. But the whereabouts of the Chibok girls remain unknown, and the Islamist militants continue to abduct more young women, who are held in slavery and forced to marry Boko Haram fighters. Former captives who have escaped the militant group said Boko Haram bragged to their new prisoners about kidnapping the schoolgirls, many of whom were Christian. A 56-year-old woman who was recently released by Boko Haram said last month the schoolgirls were being held at the group’s headquarters in Gwoza. Jonathan announced the recapture of Gwoza on the eve of Nigeria’s presidential election last month but made no mention of the Chibok girls. Military sources told a Nigerian newspaper there have been no sightings of the young women since liberating the strategic town, and there were earlier reports that Boko Haram fighters had slaughtered their female captives before fleeing Gwoza. The lack of action proved to be a political embarrassment for Jonathan, who recently lost his bid for a second term after he was widely condemned for his slow response to the Chibok kidnapping. Now, to my question on the subject “Are they back already??”, many of you reading this would be wondering what the heck is he trying to say, relax, this is just me thinking out loud. We’ve had a couple of suicide bombings in past few months of which it was said the bombers where little girls. “They told me the Chibok girls have a new life where they learn to fight,” Abigail John, 15, who was held by Boko Haram for more than four weeks before escaping, told AP in February. “They said we should be like them and accept Islam. Could it be that these girls have been sent back into society as weapons of mass destruction and we don’t even realise it? I so want to believe i am so wrong but i just cant help but think about it. “Social media has got its benefits, but it’s not an end in of itself,” Obiageli Ezekwesili, the former federal minister of education in Nigeria and one of the early promoters of the hashtag campaign, said during an interview with NPR in December. “But you know what? We are not moving on. The world may have moved on — and wrongly so — but we who have started this matter of the focus on the girls have not moved on.” To the parents of these girls and to the girls themselves i would to share these words from the bible:
1 Peter 1:5-9: 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. Psalm 46:1-3: 1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. “Selah”.
Lets all pray for this girls and their families. Please help share this article to friends and family. 🙂