I have had little sleep over the issue of the abducted girls for I am so horrified when I think they could be like my sister, niece, daughter or even me!! Bad thoughts one might say, but it is the reality of over 200 girls and it’s been over month! Their names were published and this brought me even closer, they are young girls, human beings who are in the proverbial Babylon, subjected to hell on earth! I wake up thinking about these innocent ones and I cannot begin to fathom what it is they are going through.
One day they had breakfast and said, ‘good bye mom, see you later’, and mom said, ‘have a good day at school love. Some might not have remembered to tell them they were loved, they just believed that like every other day, they will be home in a few hours and alas! It has been more than a few days!! We have heard all sorts, they were captured to be used as human shield, they were captured to negotiate with the Government, but who knows what horror they might be going through doing hard labor, being forced to cook and clean and some being molested, raped and tortured.
Most of these girls if not all would be virgins, can you imagine a gang rape being their first experience at sex? Can you imagine the sexual assault? These girls who are between the ages of 13 and 17 most likely being faced with such trauma. How do they survive such or forget it? I can imagine some of the girls, out of fear of being killed, simply because they were bold to fight back from allowing these evil men of the Boko Haram to have their evil ways with them. I can imagine the wickedness with which the criminals would force themselves into the girls, without any form of preparation, most of whom are virgins!
I can imagine these young girls, whom must have thought of their first sexual experience with their own spouses in decades to come, experiencing it now with hardened evil men, terrorists, with men they never bargained to encounter or will never ever want or desire in any way on concrete cold floors of a cursed God forsaken wild forest, an habitat adulterated with machine guns, grenades, bullets, sludge, grief, despair, despondence, wailing and gnashing of teeth and bloodshed.
I remember in the movies where we see little children abducted and forced to slavery, rape and death when the girls fight back refusing to be defiled and then gunned down in a show of power to scare the other ones with just a bullet to the head, or a slash of the throat or a stab in the chest, or even slashes on their bodies and intimate parts. This reality is what we see today in the case of Shekau and his cohorts.
Apart from the trauma, have we thought of the psychological illness, or all forms of infections, HIV, Hepatitis, Venerable Disease like syphilis, gonorrhea and all sorts that these girls potentially face?! How about the physical assault, battery, incarceration, being unkept, not allowed to bath or clean up, no change of clothes, starvation and what have you. Could it be their fault? No? Is it the fault of the Government that fails us over and over again? Is it their insensitivity, nonchalant attitudes and lack of planning.
What are the Legislators doing, how about the executive arm of government? If this had happened in another country will these girls still be missing knowing their location? Who are the sponsors of the Boko Haram? Nothing is being done, the children of our leaders are schooling abroad, and those in Nigeria are under heavy protection. Our leaders are attending functions, some go for parties, have drinks, sleep well and yet our girls are missing!!! When the enemy steals the future of our nation (the Chibok Girls) what do we have left? The old Anthem reads thus…
Nigeria, we hail thee,
Our own dear native land,
Though tribe and tongue may differ,
In brotherhood we stand,
Nigerians all are proud to serve
Our sovereign Motherland.
Our flag shall be a symbol
That truth and justice reign,
In peace or battle honour’d,
And this we count as gain,
To hand on to our children
A banner without stain.
O God of all creation,
Grant this our one request,
Help us to build a nation
Where no man is oppressed,
And so with peace and plenty
Nigeria may be blessed.
You might ask, what do we have left? We can pray, join the group praying, as you pray, picture these girls in bondage, and plead their case before Him as He is the only hope we have. Now it may look to you like nothing is happening, but we will not lose sight of God’s power, cause even when we feel nothing is happening, something is in the spiritual world. We will not be weary; we will keep praying and when He comes through for us, the whole world we see this and we will testify. The book of Romans caps it all well, in Chapter 12 and Verse 12; it says ‘Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
God bless Nigeria. #BRING BACK OUR GIRLS!!!