276 girls were kidnapped five years ago, 57 escaped, 107 were found or rather, were released while 112 are still missing.
Sunday, April 14, 2019, marked five years since Boko Haram abducted more than 200 schoolgirls from the remote town of Chibok, Borno State. The Law Students Society and I feel for the parents of the abducted schoolgirls, we wonder how they would have fared for the last five years. These girls were seeds for a brighter future for them and Nigeria at large, but had their lives altered and the Government of the day has failed to deliver. The atmosphere in Northern Nigeria is much tensed, as it stands almost every state in the North is going through a security ordeal. Apart from the 112 girls still missing, the Chibok community and environs have been under constant Boko Haram attack till today.
Although, Education remains the most powerful instrument for the liberation of societies from the debilitating stranglehold of underdevelopment and poverty, lack and disease, the abduction of the school girls has thrown a deep scare among the people of the North-East and discouraged them from sending girls to schools. Girls are no longer going to schools; there are few female students which would result to few female teachers. This is going to affect the quality of education in Northern Nigeria.
Parents of the abducted Chibok Schoolgirls have condemned the ruling party for using the abduction of their daughters as a campaign tool to clinch power but have not done enough to free the girls from Boko Haram’s captivity. It is a well known fact that the circumstances surrounding the abduction of the school girls on April 14, 2019, was a major reason, many Nigerians opted for change and chose the All Progressive Congress over the People Democratic Party.
The House of Representatives called on the Federal Government to redouble efforts towards the release of the remaining Chibok schoolgirls and the last Dapchi girl, Leah Sharibu, abducted by Boko Haram.
The Federal Government has assured the International Community that it is working on a daily basis, to track and secure the release of the remaining abducted schoolgirls still in captivity.
Since 2014, many of the advocacy groups that pleaded for the release of the girls have however gone quiet. Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) has kept the campaign going, but the group has become smaller, seemingly having lost its punch, as the movement had a presidential candidate, who was indecisive in person of Dr. Oby Ezekweeli.
Lets pray for the abducted schoolgirls, their parents, Chibok, Northern Nigeria and Nigeria as a whole as our government.
Finally, the LSS clamours for improvements in our Security architecture.