Nigeria is a good country with good people. I have never seen anything that unites the country apart from football and our children. Protests and rallies from every part of the country over the kidnapped Chibok girls attest to this.
If Nigerians who do not carrying arms and are not the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces are protesting every day and some are even ready to go to the so-called Sambisa forest, what then are our armed forces doing? Has Nigeria become the ‘Giant of Africa’ in name only? Frankly speaking, our President did say the truth on television that the country is not well positioned to combat terrorists because we have never faced this kind of problem before. Do we say he is just unfortunate that this thing is happening during his tenure? We know we are in this situation because past leaders failed to prepare the armed forces for this challenge.
Nevertheless, Boko Haram has been in full operation since the inception of the president. If he had taken adequate action by equipping our forces and seek help from outside the country, the story possibly would have changed. How many people have lost their lives apart from children? What has happened to the defence allocation in the budget? Why is government so indifferent to the safety of its citizens?
Now that the Boko Haram leader has declared that they have sold these children to different countries and Nigerians are asking the president to bring them back, is it not high time everybody worked together with the international community that wants to help rather than dancing back to negotiate with Abubakar Shekau like northern elders want to do now. What do we as a nation want to celebrate in the history of Nigeria on May 27, the Children Day?