The eyes and attention of the world is on Nigeria, regarding the kidnapping of more than 200, school children by the Boko Haram militants on April 14, 2014, in Chibok.
This was happening on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum for Africa, all those that matter in business and government the world over have all descended on our West African neighbor, unfortunately whilst, the topic should be how does Africa stand to benefit, as a result of the forum, we are rather focusing the discussion on the campaign dubbed “BringBackOur Girls”, which had celebrities and the First Lady of the United State of America (USA), endorse it.
The world should now be seeing Africa, through the eyes of Nigeria, but the unfortunate behavior of some misguided individuals, means that the pictures that the world sees of Africa, as backward, violent, and riddled with poverty, would still be streaming on television networks across the world.
First of all, the Nigerian authourities have not been proactive as far as dealing with the Boko Haram menace was concern. These bunch of misfits, have been terrorizing innocent Nigerian citizens for far too long, without authourities doing much to stop them.
Are we being told that the Boko Haram militants have more fire power than the State security agencies, who are paid to defend and protect innocent and law-abiding citizens?
Secondly, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has also relented on its duties to protect its citizens. The activities of Boko Haram, did not start with the abduction of the innocent school girls. The abduction itself happened almost a month ago, we all sat unconcern and allowed them count the days and weeks, until the West showed interest to help us recue the innocent girls.
We are debating whether we should sign onto the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), yet it is becoming clearer by the day that we cannot achieve anything without the involvement of the West.
Our independence is meaningless; because we still have not been able to cut the umbilical cord that binds us to our slave masters.
Thankfully, the US Marines have made some arrest and have located where the girls are being kept, it is our hope that sooner, rather than later the girls, would be found in one piece.
Our hearts and prayers go to the people of Nigeria, especially the parents and guardians of the abducted girls.