ABDUCTION AND RELEASE OF DAPCHI GIRLS – AN ACT OF RAPE ON OUR INTELLECT.
Although I live and work in England and I regularly visit Nigeria and other places but with the help of the modern technology and constant high speed internet, I’m able to follow the sociopolitical and economic developments in Nigeria, Africa and around the world with relative ease. As a reformer and also a social commentator, whenever there’s a breaking news, I’m by default, inclined to knowing what happened, how they happened, who made them happen and of course, why they happened.
Few weeks ago, news broke that some hundred and ten school girls in Dapchi community in the North Eastern part of Nigeria were abducted on a broad daylight amidst heavily armed military personnel.
Reports had it that the girls were taken into hostage leaving their parents in pain, agony and trauma. As you’d normally expect, the incident generated a lot of discussions and questions in the public domain especially amongst public commentators.
Out of the many accounts about what transpired, one story stands out and that’s the story that confirms that the school girls were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents. One conspicuous and worrying part of the story was that the security operatives that were stationed at different strategic locations in the area were all withdrawn on the orders of some superior officers just shortly before the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents arrived the school and calmly and smoothly took away hundred and ten school girls without a gun shut.
As was in 2015 when the Chibok girls were abducted by allegedly the same terrorist group, the development attracted a lot of attention locally and internationally.
In reacting to the incident, the Nigerian Army promised with some sort of unusual confidence and certainty that they would swing into action immediately and rescue the abducted school girls.
In what would appear with the exactitude of the manifestation of Jewish Prophecy, the Nigerian Army, without any international military aid or emergency supplementary military budget, were able to “rescue” the girls. It was reported that the Federal government of Nigeria had negotiated with the Boko Haram terrorists and possibly paid huge ransom ( although the FG denies paying any ransom) to secure the release of the girls in less than one month.
Looking at how the whole drama played out, a lot of concerning issues come to mind as so many questions cry for answers.
Why were the military personnel in the strategic locations of the town withdrawn just hours before the abduction of the school girls?
Who gave the orders and why has the FG not investigated this?
How come the terrorists gloriously entered the town in a convoy of cars and motorbikes in what seemed like the entrance of Jesus of Nazareth into Jerusalem and dropped one hundred and five of the alleged hundred and ten school girls abducted on a broad daylight and in their school compound and joyfully left without, again, one gunshut from the Nigerian Army? We’ve not forgotten that this part of Nigeria has recently received the largest military deployment in Nigeria from the Nigerian Army.
If the FG started renegotiating with the terrorists for the release of the girls as soon as they were abducted as they claim, why would they (the abductors) allegedly kill 4 of the girls and refuse to release one of them just on grounds of her refusal to denounce Christianity? Again, It would appear that withholding the release of the alleged Christian girl was apparently a stratagy to justify why the supposed terrorists were allowed to go without a scratch.
Do we now have different factions of Boko Haram? One wonders why some of the Chibok girls kidnapped since April 14th, 2014 are still held by the same Boko Haram with whom the FG negotiated the release of the Dapchi girls in less than a month.
If there was no ramsom paid to the terrorists and there was no swap as claimed by the FG, then one begins to wonder what would make such blood thirsty terrorists release the abducted girls some of whom had been killed?
Why was the Nigerian Army unable to show military strength and force like they did in Abia State under the code name of “Operation Python Dance” in which they allegedly killed unarmed Nigerians and subjected many to dehumanizing punishment?
I hold the view that what played out in the kidnapping and release of the Dapchi school girls strongly validates the suspicion that the FG orchestrated the whole show just to score political points. It would appear that the FG sympathises with Boko Haram and apparently, is closely associated with their funding under the guise of abductions and paymemt of huge ramsom.
I worry about the security of lives and property in Nigeria because it’s very obvious that the so called leaders in Nigeria have no regards for human lives or human rights if they can play politics with the lives of such innocent young Nigerians.
I worry that young adult Nigerians still don’t seem to understand that the crop of politicians we have in Nigeria would rather think about the next elections instead of thinking of our next generation.
I worry that our young people still engage in nagetive ethnicity as opposed to uniting to create a formidable force against the ruling class with a view to holding them accountable and making them responsive to the real needs of the people.
It breakes my heart that Nigerian politicians find it very easy to use our young people as thugs and assassins during “selections” and yet, they have continued to demonstrated so much disrespect for the citizenry especially the youths to the point that they sell any story to us and we believe such silly stories without asking questions.
The story of the abduction and release of Dapchi girls is one of such stories and I can’t help but ask if it’s a rape on our intellect as a people?
Comrade Ugoeze C Ugoeze.