-More celebs condemn abduction, advise FG
Since the protest to free the missing Chibok school girls started, Nigerian celebrities have not been left behind. ENCOMIUM Weekly asked them their opinion on the abduction of the innocent children…
I feel for the mothers of those abducted girls. The trauma and pains they are going through. It’s a terrible situation we have found ourselves in this country. The government should do everything to rescue those girls.
As a way to avoid future occurrence, government should do all it could to step up the security situation in the country. When the Boko Haram people started, we allowed them have a field day, now they are out of control.
KAYODE SALAKO, businessman
Of course, any right thinking person must condemn this act of man’s wickedness to mankind. What Boko Haram has been doing is anti-islam and very barbaric. The Chibok girls are just the unfortunate victims of the monstrous Boko Haram circumstances. And their sin is that they disobeyed the warning of Boko Haram by going to school.
Boko Haram has been saying western education is sin. So, it is forbidden in their area. To Boko Haram, anybody still going to school to acquire western education is an infidel and so deserves to die, or what lslamic schools have they gone to kill or abduct children so far?
Originally, Boko Haram didn’t invade the Federal Government College, Chibok because they wanted to kill the girls. The grand plan was to hold them hostage in order to use them to negotiate the release of their members in the Federal Government’s custody, since it has not been easy attacking police station, prison yards, military barracks, state security service, detention camps, etc, to ensure their freedom. Some of the attempts made to secure their prisoners by force has led to the deaths of many of their members. So, they now decided to change strategy. And that is kidnapping the girls and vulnerable people to hold the nation to ransom, so that the Nigerian government can be forced to swap their prisoners for the abducted girls. They knew that to hold more than two hundred boys might not be successful because of agility factor. But for the girls, it is easy because of their feeble nature. This is the main purpose for which the girls were kidnapped in the first place or else, they would have all been shot dead right there in their hostels.
This is my own understanding of what Chibok girls’ abduction is all about. And I understand majority of those girls are Christians. This also explains why Boko Haram has been attacking churches and killing Christians.
There are ways of resolving Boko Haram issue, especially as regards the issue of the abducted girls. First, it’s not responsible for the government to adopt force to rescue the girls, unless Nigeria wants to be gentle with their safety. Boko Haram have said they won’t release the girls unless their prisoners are released. So, the only option open to the Federal Government is to accept the offer of swapping the Boko Haram prisoners with the girls. Or else, the government will continue to put the lives of the children in danger. So, the government should not hesitate in going into negotiation with them so as not to continue to endanger the lives of the innocent girls.
MC ICE, comedian
It has gotten to a level now that we don’t know whom to believe anymore. Is this really a scam or true? How come Christian girls kidnapped freely recite the Quran within how many days? And did you see that video? How does that machine gun ‘walk’ in the bush? I smell conspiracy because we still don’t have parents crying out the way it’s done outside Nigeria but just concerned people. Brotherly, I really don’t know what and whom to believe again. And what
happens to our witches and wizards if our pastors can’t help us?
EJIKE ASIEGBU, actor
Politicians and all Nigerians should support all effort geared towards rescuing the abducted girls rather than the campaign of calumny against The Presidency. It is a collective fight not only for the Government but for all well meaning Nigerians. People should proffer solutions to getting back those girls rather than dissipate energies on criticisms because we all owe ourselves and the police and relevant agencies that responsibility. In the USA and UK and the developed world, terrorism is a collective fight but here it’s a time to get back at your perceived enemies by throwing spanners in the wheel of progress!
It is really disheartening first to think that our safety as a people is not guaranteed. Worse still, I don’t think the sense of urgency with handling this situation is as it should be. It took other countries to
raise an alarm because of the #BringBackOurGirls movement on social media for any form of physical action to be taken. It worries me to imagine what these young girls are being subjected to daily.
Being enslaved in their own homeland with no assurance of when or even if, they ll ever be rescued or see their families again. I remember the girls, their families and Nigeria as a nation in my prayers every day. In my opinion, this situation is more dire than any crisis we have witnessed so far, especially because of the unique factors at play here. I commend everyone both locally and internationally who have tried in their own little way to aid the return of the Chibok girls. Be it via social media, news platforms, prayers, protests,
walks or whatever. I hope and pray for their swift safe return.
ESTHER IJEWERE-KALEJAIYE, activist
The insensitivity of our government gave room for the long reign of Boko Haram. Why would they abduct these girls and even go ahead to show us a video to confirm the abduction? If not because of the doggedness of Nigerians on social media this abduction would have been swept under the carpet like several others. It is my hope that with the international help we are getting from foreign countries and cooperation of our own government, the girls will be rescued and returned to their families.
The country is in a difficult time now, it won’t be fair to judge through this times, that will delay the process of getting things done in the right way. The Chibok series is a drama gone sour for the terrorists amongst many insecurity cases in the country. I pray we get it right this time. When there’s peace, there is more progress and development. There will be more money for the looters to loot. So politicians should consider that offer and give us some. Peace!
It is so unfortunate. The country will claim the army is not well equipped and we do not have enough soldiers to confront those terrorists, now they want to recruit. I don’t know what is wrong with this country.
There are so much we Nigerians do not know about this Boko Haram and the abduction of that helpless schoolgirls, and it’s pertinent that we to know. All I see is a stage managed move aimed at making the nation look stupid. But do not be fooled, I just think no one in Nigeria is safe anymore. We all look up to God now.
ANTAR LANIYAN, actor
As a father, I feel bad about the incident. I also feel for their parents. It’s not good at all. We should do everything to get the girls back home.
EMMA NYRA, artiste
It’s so cruel of them to take away innocent young schoolgirls for more than a month now. I always have them in my prayers because I can’t imagine what they will be going through right now with the Boko Haram people. I hope with the presence of the US and other countries helping Nigeria, the girls would be found very soon.
TEKNO MILES, artiste
I join Nigerians and people around the world in calling for the release of those girls. They are our sisters, our daughters and we want them to come back home to their parents. I pray they are found soon and their abductors caught.
CHARLES NOVIA, director
The pressure on the Nigerian government to ensure that the Chibok girls return safely is also a wakeup call for all Nigerians to rally round the government, irrespective of our political affiliations in the fight against terrorism. We must all condemn the terrorists and speak out against their dastardly and obnoxious acts.