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365 days: Emotions as Nigerians speak on Chibok girls, others

Posted: Apr 15, 2015 at 3:02 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Will Nigeria’s abducted schoolgirls ever be found? This is the question on the lips of many Nigerians as they appeal to government to actualise hopes raised in the last 12 months on the return of the over 200 girls abducted at their hostel. Precisely a year yesterday, April 14, 2014 Nigeria’s militant Islamist group, Boko Haram, abducted more than 200 innocent girls from the Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State. Not suspecting any evil, heavily armed militants arrived at night at the school in 20 vehicles to kidnap the school girls preparing for a test in Physics for the 2014 West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). 

Abducted schoolgirls, chibok

Abducted schoolgirls, chibok

As their juniors are busy writing the 2015 WASSCE examination in some parts of the country, such is not the case in GGSSC, Chibok as the blocks of classrooms remain completely burnt and deserted like a ghost arena. As the abduction of the girls and others from other parts of the state and beyond attracted worldwide condemnation, government sponsored speculations to secure their release through negotiations has not produced any positive results a year after parents of the girls were thrown into anguish and trauma. Daily Independent speaks to some Nigerians and this is what they have to say:

Deputy Director, Distance Learning Centre, University of Ibadan, Professor Olusoji Aremu. 


How time flies and in this sense, very bad for the immediate and significant others in the lives of over 200 Chibok Girls who were forcefully whisked away from Haven of School exactly a year ago today.

And more traumatic for the poor girls if supposedly they are still alive. The one-year ‘anniversary’ is a gory tale for the traumatized parents and family members who cannot precisely say the situation of life of the girls.

Time like this, therefore, calls for national sober reflections, fasting and prayers on the fate of the Chibok Girls. While some NGOs and stakeholders have done well early in the struggle for the release of the poor girls, same cannot be technically said of the Federal Government who in the first place, mismanaged the whole gory saga.

The one-year anniversary of the capture of Chibok Girls, which nobody knew would come in the first place, is coming at a period of transiting into a new administration. The onus of failure, here, would forever, be on the outgoing administration if nothing is done before May 28. Thus, the incoming administration would be left to continue to find solution to the problem. This has some implications diversely.

One, it means, the country has failed the poor girls and their families. Two, those girls (if truly they are still alive) must have been traumatically disoriented, a fate which might remain permanent in their psyche.

Three, the incoming administration, should have another look into the Safe School Initiatives (SSI) and lastly, it portends a total failure in the rescue mission of the government if the Chibok Girls are not found after one year. Sad! Proprietress, Mansfield Nursery and Primary School, Lagos Mrs. Titilayomi Adeniran


Inability of the federal government to tell us the whereabout of the missing Chibok girls in one year of their disappearance is a total failure of their responsibilities to secure properties and most especially life’s of Nigerians.

As a mother and also as the proprietress of a school, it is disheartening and frustrating to come to terms with. I must commend the affected mothers and family members for their inner strength to hang unto fate and their faith, believing one day their daughters will come home.

Our new president elect should do all within his power to bring a closure to this unfortunate incident in our national life. We as a nation should be able to seek out these girls no matter the state we find them, whether married, pregnant and reunite them with their family.

The families will be able to relate with them and accept whatever state they find them and then forge ahead together with the girls to make a better tomorrow.

A Yoruba adage says, “Having a dead child is better than having a lost child”.

I pray the Almighty God will give everyone in the position to help bring these Chibok girls home the will-power, wisdom and all necessary information it requires to achieve our desired wish of reuniting these girls with their family.


Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS), Lagos State Chapter

Comrade Kazeem Labaika

It’s rather unfortunate that we cannot find a way to track down the perpetrators of this act. But let us hope the in-coming administration will take a drastic measure with the support of international communities to bring back these children of ours.

Indeed, I feel for the parents of these children. God save Nigeria.



Mr. Muyideen Subair, Auditor

It is sad that 365 days after these girls and other women and men disappeared from their abode government has not been able to locate their whereabouts talk less of securing their release. I can feel the anguish and trauma the parents of the girls are going through.

This is nothing but a failure of governance and responsibility owed the citizens by government. What is the moral justification for the sitting government to think of rebuilding the burnt and deserted school when the occupiers of the school are still missing and unaccounted for?

It is also sad that we go about our daily lives as it nothing big has happened in the land. We have lost our sense of empathy for one another by leaving the families of the abducted girls to grieve alone without help.

Government should find answers to the many questions agitating the minds of Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora on the whereabouts of the missing girls and other women.

I appeal to the federal government and government of Borno state to bring Back Our Girls, other women and men held captive.

Member of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Univesities (SSANU), Federal University of Agricuture Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun State, Mrs. Tina Eyiowuawi


It is unfortunate that it is the children of the downtrodden that are involved in the kidnap and abduction saga. If the children of highly placed Nigerians were among the abducted someone would have done something more concrete about their return.

I deeply feel for the parents of the girls and others kidnapped by the Boko Haram Islamic sect. Government on their part has failed to secure their release despite all the speculations and talks about their release by their captors.

The incoming Federal government should put the release of the girls alive as priority as the administration warms up to assume office in May 29. Nigerians should continue to support the girls and their traumatised parents in prayer.

Alhaji Liadi Adewoye, Trader and fashion designer

Government should strengthen efforts to secure a safe release of the girls from their captors. I must confess the issue has lingered for too long for a nation like Nigeria. What has happened to the reputation of the Nigerian army?

The return of the girls is not negotiable for anything else. The families and parents of the girls involved should be considered. For God sake they gone through hell in the hands of the Boko Haram sect while their parents at the home front have suffered untold trauma and anguish of not knowing whether their children are still alive or not.

As a grand-father I want the Chibok girls and other innocent Nigerians in the custody of the sect to return safely and reunite with members of their families. May almighty Allah help this nation and in the incoming President Muhammadu Buhari to guide us right.