President Muhammadu Buhari was jolted back to reality yesterday as BBOG mobilized the parents of the kidnapped Chibok girls to pay him a visit at Aso Rock villa yesterday. The problem with Aso Rock villa is that it makes the occupier easily forget. It is like the story of Odysseus and Calypso in the Greek mythology, where the latter kept the former away from his wife for years through seducing him. Aso Rock has the power to make the main man there get seduced by sweet talks, the best of food and wine, listening to the only music they play for him and these are mostly songs composed by praise singers and fake loyalists. Well, the #Bringbackourgirls campaigners just brought the president back to reality.
And the reality is that the protesters have just exposed this administration’s lackadaisical attitude towards looking out for all the kidnapped Nigerians after they claimed that they have defeated Boko Haram. There is simply no sense of urgency in looking out for the Chibok girls and others kidnapped by the Islamist, Boko Haram. That there is no intelligence about the whereabouts of the girls and no story at all about whether they are dead or alive is worrisome. After the initial romance with the BBOG which this administration also owed for their ascension to the Aso throne, they simply kept the BBOG out of their activities and this mild clash between the protesters and the President is reality check for the president. He must have realized how powerful the BBOG are now. They have the backing of the local and international media and any clash with them may really make this government quite unpopular, maybe seem incompetent and uncaring in looking out for the kidnapped girls.
With all the support President Buhari has in the north and in the north east especially, one expect this government to have gone far in the areas of finding these girls. The former administration never had such support in the war against Boko Haram which made it quite difficult for them to make headway in certain areas of the war against Boko Haram.
The case of the Chibok girls and other kidnapped Nigerians by Boko Haram has really exposed our intelligence as grossly incompetent. We should be talking about our intelligence as we talk about arms and ammunitions because intelligence is the integral part of the war against terrorism. It is sad to hear President Buhari still talking about setting up a committee to re-investigate the case of Chibok, it is embarrassing. So it has to take a revisit by BBOG to make the president sit up. This simply shows that the people in Aso Rock don’t care much about the Nigerians in the hands of Boko Haram.
A government obsessed with taking credit for any achievements, I expect would do whatever it takes to get this Chibok girls or know that whereabouts or their faith to boost their image. They are not even doing that. And I have a feeling that if not for BBOG the Chibok girls and others kidnaped would have been forgotten since the time of Goodluck Jonathan, I must give the BBOG credit for that and posterity will never forget their sacrifices.