It’s the second anniversary of the shocking abduction of 276 school girls from Chibok Government Secondary School, Borno state by AK-47 wielding terrorists.
Though 276 were kidnapped, several dozens of them were able to escape, with a total 0f 219 girls confirmed to be missing still.
The outrage at the time was palpable, as it brought global attention to the Islamist group Boko Haram, a demon Nigeria had been grappling with for years.
World figures including the U.S. first lady, Michelle Obama, and thousands of activists, as well as sympathizers, helped publicise the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls with the government of the day, roundly criticized for its slow reaction to the girls’ abduction.
Two years on, not much has changed with the girls’ parents set to hold a march in Abuja to demand that the government put in more effort into securing their release from the terrorists.
It would be recalled that not long after their abduction, Boko Haram released a video of the girls as they sought to exchange the girls with some prisoners, a deal that apparently the government could or would not do.
While the world seemed to have forgotten about the Chibok girls as time went by, hope was suddenly rekindled that they may yet be recovered when a new video was broadcast yesterday on CNN, showing the girls pleading with the Nigerian government to do a deal with the terrorists to facilitate their release.
The Chibok schoolgirls have spent 730 days in captivity today, but they want to come home to their families where they belong as they have been away for too long.
DANIEL FAYEMI for encomium.ng