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THE MYSTERIOUS ABDUCTION OF CHIBOK GIRLS – MATTERS ARISING

BY SONI AKOJI

“Until the lions have their own historians,” begins an African proverb, “the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” Put in another way, Until the Story of the hunt is told by the Lion, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter. Anyone can distort history or manipulate facts. It is important that the storyteller tells the story the way he sees it, not the way the emperor wants it to be told.Since the escalation of insurrection in the North Eastern part of Nigeria with wanton destruction and killings of innocent citizens, culminating in a declaration of a State of Emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, the popular refrain among high level officials of the Jonathan administration is, “We are winning the war on terror.” President Goodluck Jonathan and his team are always quick to remind the citizens that the government is on top of the situation. This they do continuously even as the insurgents keep on attacking hapless citizens regularly with impunity. Boko Haram has repeatedly wrong-footed the presidency, exposing the confusing and feeble response/barefaced assurance by the government to the citizens, that they are not anywhere near the top of the situation, talk more of winning the war against terror. The story of the insurrectionists and the feeble response of the government is an epistle but then Goodluck Jonathan, has been shockingly slow and inept at addressing this monstrous crime, the New York Times reveals. The funeral furnace has been incandescent in Nigeria in the last three weeks. As Snooper puts it, “the glowing funeral pyre portends the end of the Lugardian state as bequeathed by our colonial conquerors and as perfected by their neo-military inheritors and successors.” There are several incidents that can be used to illustrate this looming apocalypse, but the last three shall suffice.First was the abominable slaughter of 75 people and injuries to over 100 people who have set forth at dawn in search of their daily bread in Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja. This was followed by the wholesale abduction of over 200 girls from a boarding facility in Chibok, Borno state in what has become arguably the most alarming case of hostage taking in contemporary warfare. Thirdly was the May Day mayhem and the second bomb blast in Nyanya, killing 20 people and injuring 66 others. The Super Mullahs have finally arrived at the Federal Capital Territory. As palpable fear enveloped the landscape, President Goodluck Jonathan deployed MAXIMUM SECURITY to secure the city and keep the insurrectionists in check.In all of this, mum was the word from President Jonathan on the fate of the abducted school girls. His appearance in Kano for a PDP rally and official unveiling of Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, who defected from the opposition party to the ruling PDP has been the talk of the town, less than 24 hours after the Nyanya bomb blast and the abduction of the girls of Chibok. This made me wonder and ask aloud when I saw him dancing on the podium and gerrymandering in Kano, doesn’t the President receive daily security briefs from his National Security Adviser as it is done in the United State from where we copied our brand of democracy?The President’s Daily Brief, (PDB), sometimes referred to as the President’s Daily Briefing or the President’s Daily Bulletin, is a Top Secret document produced each morning for the President of the United States. Producing and presenting the brief is the responsibility of the Director of National Intelligence, whose office is tasked with fusing intelligence from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the National Security Agency (NSA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other members of the U.S. Intelligence Community. So POTUS knows everything that has happened in and around the U.S within the period he was asleep, from the Daily Briefing by his Security Adviser. Does this mean that no one briefed President Jonathan about the abduction of over 200 girls from their school in faraway Chibok, by the insurgents while the President was asleep within the safe confine of his palatial mansion in Abuja? Why did President Jonathan choose to go to Kano for an illegal campaign jamboree, instead of heading to Chibok immediately with a search and rescue team? I’ll tell you why, he is a derelict and former U.S Secretary of State confirms it when she spoke to CNN.In the words of Hilary Clinton, “The Nigerian Government has been derelict in its duty towards protecting its citizens”The New York Times drove the nail further into the coffin when they passed a vote of NO CONFIDENCE on the Jonathan administration. According to the NYT, “Mr. Jonathan, who leads a corrupt government that has little credibility, initially played down the group’s threat and claimed security forces were in control. It wasn’t until Sunday, more than two weeks after the kidnappings, that he called a meeting of government officials, including the leader of the girls’ school, to discuss the incident. There is no doubt the intelligence and investigation help President Obama offered on Monday is needed.”The U.S President, Barack Obama had earlier on granted an appeal from President Jonathan for help to combat and curb the growing Boko Haram menace. In the words of Barack Obama, ” We’ve already SENT in a team to Nigeria.They’ve accepted our help through a combination of military, law enforcement and other agencies who are going in, trying to identify where in fact these girls might be and provide them help. It’s a heartbreaking situation, outrageous situations. This may be the event that helps to mobilize the entire international community to finally do something against this horrendous organization that’s perpetrated such terrible crime..,” said the U.S President.Bad news is a big deal in the news business. The abduction of the girls occurred just as President Jonathan is about to hold the World Economic Forum on Africa, and no one is talking about WEFA but #BRINGBACKOURGIRLS, an ongoing campaign with protests spreading nationwide and globally as they call on everyone who is anyone to lend their voice in support to keep the Nigeria government led by insensitive Jonathan on his toes, to rescue the girls. The New York Times criticized the deployment of 6,000 troops to provide security for the delegates attending the World Economic Forum on Africa. “That show of force may keep the delegates safe, but Nigeria’s deeply troubled government cannot protect its people, attract investment and lead the country to its full potential if it cannot contain a virulent insurgency,” it said. In all of this, what is the government saying? The government was forced into action, after a period of lethargic somnambulism. President Jonathan in a media chat on Sunday told journalists that they know more than he knows, concerning the whereabout of the missing girls. Of course, he vowed to find the girls- with a caveat- if only the parents of these children would help him, by cooperating with his government. I guess he was sleep-talking this time around, if not outrightly soliloquizing! How could he say that on national TV?It is a shame to say the least, that at this point, President Jonathan is still maneuvering and playing the blame game. How disingenuous of him, to attempt to shift the blame to the parents whose daughters have been kidnapped after raising doubt about whether the girls are really missing and initially dismissing the abduction as a calculated hoax by the opposition in an attempt to embarrass the president.No wonder he went about with a carefree poise busy campaigning for his reelection if not for pressure from social media campaign called #bringbackourgirls that forced him to pay lip service attention to the embarrassing saga. If you are one of those who thinks that President Goodluck Jonathan cannot survive this saga, then you are most definitely sitting on a long thing. Perhaps you don’t know the type of people that were amalgamated under the Lugardian state?A section of the people do not believe the story of the abduction in its entirety. To the doubting Thomases the abduction is a hoax. They have an armada of question, which borders on the absurd to buttress their point . As a netizen, you must have come across queries like these;What are the names of this girls? Don’t they have pictures? Who are their parents? If it was a Christian school, how come the principal is a Muslim? And as the tradition is in Nigeria which church is the school affiliated to? What is the population of the school that only SS3 has over 300 students? How come some of the escaped girls can’t speak English?ETC, ETCSo you see President Jonathan has survived and as the defending Champion, he is 99.9% sure of victory in his 2015 re-election gambit.Ask me why, and I’ll just copy, edit and paste a follow up comment someone posted to reenforce the posers above. He first of all thanked the author for his insightful reasoning. He proceeded by saying that some folks who just hate Jonathan cannot rationalize those questions asked beyond their noses. He further added that, they come here to make all sorts of assumptions without the capacity to probe beyond their primordial sentiment that Jonathan is from the minority and does not deserve the right to rule Nigeria. He concluded by reaffirming that it is very likely nobody was kidnapped by Boko haram after he has asked himself the same questions asked above. He added that he smell politics being played out here and sees the hands of the Borno State Governor in all of these. Let’s wait and see when the girls will be rescued if at all any girl was kidnapped, he concluded.Do you now see what I mean?Jonathan knows his people perfectly well, and his people know him. President Jonathan has a variety of weapons at his disposal as Rudolf Okonkwo puts it. “Look at his poor performance at Sunday’s media chat. Soon after, he unleashed his wife, Patience Jonathan. Her ‘tears’ and ‘tongues’ made us forget about her husband’s illogical reasoning on several matters. President Jonathan can play the victimhood game- I’m a minority, that’s why they are doing this to me. For those that it won’t move, he can play the religious card. That one works well in a religiously supercharged environment that is today’s Nigeria. Of course, there is the ethnic card. It says: he’s our own. It’s our turn. You’ve had your turn. Wait for your turn.”While the verdict on Jonathan’s dismal stewardship is visible to the blind and audible to the deaf, I am afraid we are stuck with him for another FOUR more years. President Jonathan is like a tsetse fly perched on the scrotum, and like a bull in a Chinaware shop, it is difficult to tackle.You wonna know why? When a tsetse fly lands on your scrotum, you have just two options- ignore it or kill it. If you leave it there, it stings you and sucks your blood. If you try to kill it, you risk crushing your scrotum. It is the Devil’s Alternative – Whatever option you take, death is involved.To the big question, while we continue back and forth, arguing for and against the fact that there was an abduction or no abduction, we must decide and unanimously come to a decision on what to do with Goodluck Jonathan, as he scheme to extend his contract with us for another Four years!I wish you fruitful deliberations!

 

Soni Akoji is a Pharmacist, he wrote in from Abuja.

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