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Finding Chibok Girls Is A Litmus Test for Buhari – Ezeigbo

Posted: Mar 14, 2016 at 2:56 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Yemi Adebisi


Foremost African children’s literature writer, Professor Akachi Ezeigbo has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to revisit the issue of the abducted Chibok girls or face the wrath of Nigerians.

More than 200 school girls were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents since April 2014 from Chibok town, Borno State.

Speaking recently with the Independent, Ezeigbo lamented that it would amount to rape of justice if the issue is swept under the carpet like others in the past.

“This Chibok girls issue is going to be the litmus test for this administration because they made the promise and they have to keep that promise. Whatever it takes them let them not play or joke with it. I cannot believe that there is nobody in this country who knows what has happened to those girls. Is this politics or some kind of conspiracy? How do we explain this that nobody knows their where-about? And we have people who claimed to have power in this country? Do they disappear into thin air? This is not fiction neither is it magic land where one can say ‘disappear-abracadabra!’” she said.

In an answer to a question on how Eloka and Gimika are bonded in strange romantic relationship during the Biafra war as reflected in her book, Roses and Bullets, Ezeigbo, who currently lectures at Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo in Ebonyi State, after 30 years of service in University of Lagos, said romance is part of the dividend of war.

“There is something we have to understand. Even in war situation, people still fall in love. I read in the newspaper that several thousands of children were born in the refugee camps in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States. I can believe it very easily having experienced Biafra war that even in a war situation, people still have babies. People still fall in love and make love. That Gimika and Eloka fall in love in that story is not strange. It is also likely for one to blindly fall in love like you said because in a situation where you are not going to school and life has become a standstill, anything can happen. You wake up in the morning and you don’t know whether you will survive and live till tomorrow. That was how the situation was. You can die either from stray bullet or air raid. There are so many things that threatened life during that war situation even hunger. So you didn’t know whether you were going to see the next day, so falling in love was so easy. If that girl were in school studying, how would that man even see her? In those days, we have boys and girls schools. It wasn’t easy for boys and girls to mix together in the same school,” he said.