Monday, 9 June 2014

Chibok Girls abduction a tragedy and a dark period in Nigeria’s history

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#BringBackOurGirls: Another Dimension To The ChibokGirls Kidnap – Babawo M

To understand or try to make sense of this senseless tragedy, one needs to understand what is fuelling this extremist ideology in a country like Nigeria and the increasing terrorist activity in sub-Saharan Africa.  However before we can even start to contemplate what happened and why it happened, it is poignant to remember our innocent Girls and their Family, the untold heartache and hardship they are going through, the girls, who for no fault of their own were caught up in this web of hatred, extremism and tragic chain of events.

New Generation Africa wants to say you will never walk alone.  We are joining the millions across the globe to say we will never rest until “Our girls come home”.  “Bring Back Our Girls” is for you alive and kicking and concerned citizens of the world are all praying for your safety and speedy resolution of this barbaric ordeal.

The shock and confusion on hearing the news of the abduction of the Chibok girls was such that as an African and active blogger, It was extremely hard for me to engage with the social media community.  The sadness was such that I wake up every day and I pray or hope the story a nightmare, of course it is not a reality I will say, it cannot be true in a 21st century Africa.
To put my team and contacts together to work on the story became very challenging, do we report what everybody else already know, is it really true, the conspiracy theory, is it politically motivated, how did this barbaric act happen and most significantly why?

Honestly when we sat down as a team of freelance journalists and begin to ponder the enormous challenges we are going to face in our efforts to uncover the truth and give a fair representation to the unfolding story, the more we wish the nightmare will just come to an end.  If only wishes were horses, it will be a lot easier to report a triumphant homecoming of our girls but the reality is they are still in captivity after 55 days and counting.

How can a Nation of over 150 million people allow or standby and watch over 300 girls, being abducted albeit in the night or in broad day light. It can only happen in Nigeria of course hence giving credence to the conspiracy theorists, in the country that went on overdrive to argue the said abduction was all politically motivated and stage managed.  Thank goodness this theory has been completely blown out of water because the human cost outweighs the political benefits. The boko haram group must be rubbing their palms at the level of publicity a group of barbaric, uneducated, uncivilised and inhumane scums of the earth like them are getting after being aided to carry out an audacious evil act in Chibok.

Following our investigation, New Generation Africa believes it will be impossible for the abduction to take place without the collaboration of corrupt government officials and law enforcement agencies.  The consequences of what happened are far reaching than the stupid ideology of some frustrated extremist lunatics trying to score cheap political points or indeed terrorise a nation. The more we looked at the ‘WHY’ factors in our investigation the more anger and frustration tries to consume our sense of reasoning.  It is beyond reason that adults even deluded human being can carry out such a barbaric act for their own selfish goals – definitely not in the name of Islam or Allah or God.

The missing girls from Chibok is a very sensitive topic considering the flood of emotional reactions it has provoked among Nigerians and world over. However it is pertinent to express this growing feeling of doubt that is sweeping through the country which most people are beginning to harbour over the situation fuelled by the conspiracy theorists propaganda machinery currently in overdrive.
It is common knowledge that our corrupt politicians can stop at nothing to hit political limelight and that is why most Nigerians are sceptical of even their most well meaning humane actions. Bearing this in mind therefore, one begins to wonder the if's and buts of the story,  how feasible and plausible is this audacious act in a modern society, then the what if question becomes poignant.  Is it possible this abduction was politically staged to score cheap political point? What if this was carried out for the fulfilment of an interest? This fear becomes much real when one looks at the growing trend of the BRING BACK OUR GIRLS CAMPAIGN all around the world which is bringing undue focus to Nigeria at present. The whole world is now led to believe that over 200 young girls have been abducted by so-called insurgents in a country like Nigeria with a population of over 150 million people.
The untold reality of this tragedy is “Unless the federal government and indeed, the world quickly separate religion from the work of the devil that is casting darkness over the country, Nigeria may cease to be in the next few years”.  The Country is degenerating into ethnic conflict, perpetuated by selfish power hungry maniacs whose only interests is to recklessly squander Nigerian money by sponsoring terrorist to achieve their satanic agenda. Corruption, corruption, corruption, the man made canker worm or a devil incarnate and scourge of the African continent.

We must thank God for the kind souls that gather in Abuja everyday or so for the Chibok Girls. But for them, Nigerians and indeed the Nigerian government would have forgotten about the Chibok Girls by now and any mention of the barbaric act will be attributed to enemies trying to bring down the government.

The recent appointment of Lamido Sanusi Lamido as the New Emir of Kano following the death of Ado Bayero, a traumatic time in Nigeria's history – a blessing in disguise or calculated attempt to fix part of the jigsaw in a much bigger undercover dark agenda. An embattled country with a government that is clearly confused and almost down on its knees?  Your guess is as good as mine.  Nigeria we hail thee indeed and God help Nigeria.

Former Military Head of State and Chieftain of the All Progressive Party (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd)  Monday urged the new emir of Kano, Mallam  Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, to support  government in fighting terrorism and unrest in the country.  Buhari in a  letter congratulating Sanusi on his appointment also charged him to bring his wealth of experience in assisting the economic revival of the state and the  country in general.
In another development: Hundreds of aggrieved youths  Sunday spilled into the streets of Kano in protest over the emergence of the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, as the new Emir of Kano.  The protesters, who set a car ablaze, burnt tyres and carried sticks, tree branches and other dangerous weapons, chanted war songs and demanded the reversal of Sanusi’s emergence as the emir.  The former CBN governor was in contention to succeed the late emir, Alhaji Ado Abdullahi Bayero, who died on Friday at the age of 83 after a long battle with cancer.
His funeral was attended by hundreds of thousands in Kano, an ancient city noted for its Muslim scholarship.
Another top contender for the Kano throne was the late emir’s first son, the Ciroman Kano, Alhaji Sansusi Ado Bayero, who was widely considered the more popular choice than the deeply polarising former CBN governor. But the Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, was believed to have allowed political considerations to hold sway in the choice of the new emir, as Sanusi was suspended by President Goodluck Jonathan from the CBN last February.
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