By Izuoma Ibe
Do not miss the point my dear reader, it (seems) real that they have been released as confirmed by Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo who inform the 21 released girls that Nigerians have longed awaited their return.
Another pointer which corked my conviction is the post by Mr. Garba Shehu, Senior Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, which read, “It is confirmed that 21 of the missing Chibok Girls have been released and are in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS.
Yes, those are good pointers that something of that nature is a fact, but the illusion remain that the citizens of Nigeria are yet to be informed of ‘the reason’ why Boko Haram members were released; Nigerians are yet to be informed of what the bargain was with the Boko Haram sect.
Much as Nigerians are happy that some of their sisters, cousins etc have been set free as the case should be, the ills which precedes this development is worth considering.
I see no possibility in the complete draining of a member of Boko Haram of intents of terrorism which brings the question, what measures are Nigerian leaders putting in place to check the activities of these men.
I am on the premise of the release Boko Haram in sets also as they made it clear that the Chibok Girls must only be released on the condition that their own members were released also.
Nigerian Times revealed as much that “21 Chibok girls exchanged for detained Boko Haram leaders.” If they were not released, are we to note that the bombing yesterday was the condition for the release?
I read former President Jonathan’s condoling message to the victims which reads in full – “My heart goes out to all those who lost loved ones to the bomb blast in Maiduguri earlier today. I pray for the repose of the souls of the victims. May God strengthen our gallant and patriotic armed forces as the sacrificially carry out their duties of securing Nigeria. Finally, I urge all Nigerians to support the government to rid Nigeria of terrorism.”
Honestly, I am trying very hard to connect this illusion to reality. How can the Nigerian government inform the citizenry that they have released a number of ‘Chibok girls’ yet the Boko Haram sects are still on rampage? At least one should expect a seize fire or anything similar from their captors since there is supposed to be ‘a kind of negotiation’ with the federal government.
Why the negotiation to release and not negotiation to disarm Boko Haram? What lessons have Nigeria learnt from the bombing of the same Maiduguri the same day by the same sect against the same citizens who negotiated with them? Is Nigeria reigniting Boko Haram or they are having an undefined romance with them? What should this step by Nigeria government inform the world about her quest to erase terrorism in the country?
That any group can perfect such act and get appeased? These are the people that blew up Nyanya Motor Park seeing to death of many Nigerians. The same people who are blowing up various parts of Nigeria with an estimated death rate by Mr. President at 30,000 and they have gotten a reprieve?
Let me reveal my mind here, if 1000 Chibok girls went missing and missing for real and the federal government erased Boko Haram from Nigeria, it would be very best for Nigeria. Don’t brand me a monster because that they have been released and have been released is only a step for them to regroup and fight against Nigeria again.
Their continued presences and activities in Nigeria are also placing even the released girls and their families including you and me on harm’s way if not on an annihilation track. Nigeria defeated the scourge of Ebola because a gallant Nigerian medic gave her life for it. Nigeria defeated Biafra by starving them to surrendering, why wouldn’t Nigerian government reject and erase captured Boko Haram members, giving no hoot to any form of negotiation. If for real, there is a good development in deleting Boko Haram is true as declared by the presidency and military, why negotiating this time and not then.
You may say that this government was not in power but I won’t exercise patience to inform you that the current president of this nation was appointed by Boko Haram to negotiate with them but he shied away. A reputable Nigeria volunteered himself to do the negotiation but was not accepted. #InMyHumbleOpinion, the release of these terrorists is nothing but an invitation to ciaos across the country as Nigerians are endangered by the hardened terrorists who have been let loose.
Izuoma Ibe is a sociologist and writer.
He writes from Port Harcourt via firstname.lastname@example.org