Story by Andrea Okoye
15 April 2021 marked the seventh years’ anniversary of the tragic abduction of the Chibok girls. 😞
The Nigerian Presidency again reiterated its commitment to securing the release of the missing students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, saying rescue efforts are a work in progress.
A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu, reassured parents and all concerned citizens that the safe return of the students “remain constantly on the minds of government as they are always on the minds of their parents.”
Why can’t this task of rescuing these angels be achieved? Seven solid years gone and the Federal Government is still making lip services.
The whole world is watching and above all, God is watching us.
Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents on April 14, 2014 stormed the school facilities and whisked away over 276 schoolgirls, an incident that drew widespread condemnation across the world.
Although most of the 276 girls escaped or were later released, more than 112 girls are still missing.
This year marks the seventh anniversary of that tragic incident, with calls being renewed for the Federal Government to step up its efforts in facilitating the return of the schoolgirls.
The presidential spokesman called on Nigerians to continue to remember the nation’s military in their prayers.
He said, “No one is giving up hope here. Efforts to secure their release through various channels and activities of the security and intelligence agencies remain on course.
I ask, what are the channels ?
“The recent decisive push by the military against the terrorists gives hope that a breakthrough is possible and could happen anytime soon.
“The Presidency asks for support, understanding and prayers for the military as they discharge their historic mandate to quickly finish off the insurgency war and free all citizens held hostage.”
The abducted Chibok girls are still under torture, some might have ended in forced child marriage, some might have died because of their refusal to succumb to rape, some might have died due to ill-health caused by malnutrition or are forcefully Islamized. What ever the case might be, our fingers are still crossed, waiting on God’s divine intervention. I know He is still on the throne fighting for the release of the girls.
I call them Chibok angels.
God bless and protect our angels!
Andrea is an astute journalist, a poet, a human rights /Girl child activists which spurred her to found White Dove Africa. She holds a BSc double honours in Statistics and Economics. She has acquired more trainings on Journalism and has presented papers on peace building in conferences locally and internationally. Her works are in journals and magazines too..