WARNING: This post is likely to cause offence.
I’m not sure what the protests are really about. Are we trying to get the government to say some thing about the missing girls? Are we asking the government to go looking for the missing girls? Are we asking their captors to set them free? Should we all lend our voices? I think so! Should we castigate those who don’t and coerce them into joining the movement? I’m not sure.
Nigerians love a good bandwagon to join and I reckon that the #BringBackOurGirls movement will be no different from #LightUpNigeria or #OccupyNaija and the #ChildNotBride campaign. Everyone likes to talk but in the end, there never seems to be any positive action of change. It’s ironic that I’m so cynical in light of the fact that I strongly believe that change can come to Nigeria.
I stood in the cold for hours for #OccupyNigeria in the same way many did all over the world and in the end they still did not reduce the pump price of petrol. We spoke up, protested, got interviewed, tweeted, walked and talked about #ChildNotBride and yet young girls are still being married off with no piece of legislation to protect them. I’m not even going to talk about #LightUpNigeria.
Yes it hurts that over 200 girls are missing. Families are in torment living each day with the growing possibility that they may never see their loved ones again. Unconfirmed reports say the girls have been taken into Cameroon and Chad where they are being married off for ₦2,000. That is essentially modern-day slavery. The thought of it is both sobering and downright disgusting.
What are we going to do about it? Probably nothing in the end. Do you think the President and his cabinet and host of advisers know about it? Most definitely! Do you think they have a clue as to where the girls are or an action plan to bring them home? Most likely not.
This is what Mr President was doing yesterday while the protests were going on.
Let’s play a game here. Tell me how many successful rescue missions you have heard about in Nigeria in the last 25 years. Wake me up when you get your answer.
I don’t think the girls will ever be found. Not because they cannot be located but because our institutions are too weak and politically correct to act in response to a humanitarian crisis such as this. Boko Haram is responsible for the death of over 2000 individuals in the last few years. Do you think the Government is winning the war against terror? How far do you think they will go to find a couple of school girls of little significance to their political agenda? What then are we to do? Are we stuck in a rut with no escape in sight?
Quoting Daenerys Targaryen
Kill all the masters!
Let’s march down in our thousands to the National Assembly and torch the place down. Let’s march to the Villa and jump over the barricades. There will be at least 100 of us to a soldier.
Let’s rough up Mr President and kidnap his children. Let’s hide them far away and insist he ends the northern insurgency and gives us stable electricity and good governance or he will never see them again. No we won’t kill them, we’re not those sort of people. We’ll just make junior a janitor or better still the vulcanizer’s apprentice and marry off his sister to one of our local champions…OK maybe not. That’s gross. Remember, nobody lays a finger on Mr President since he’s our Eminado.
Yes some of us will be shot. Some will not get past Aso Drive and they will become martyrs for the sake of our Nation. We may have to hurt the soldiers in our way but that’s just the price of war. They can’t kill us all! If a hundred thousand of us storm the gates at first light, we’ll be in by Noon.
Who’s with me?