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Bring Back Our Girls.

bring back our girls

The most unbearable pain of a mother is the pains of a missing child. The wails of a parent, the disgust of a nation, the cries of a people, the travails of different classes, the pandemonium of a number of voices, the wilderness criers, the town shakers and the silent weepers; the shame of a government without a voice.

I have watched too many American movies and have seen the real performances of its government when a citizen is abducted. Not once, not twice, was a group of captured soldiers left to their fate without the faith and actions of its government fighting to bring them back.

In most cases there are assumptions; assumptions are not certainties, yet uninhibited assumptions could be a certainty. If I assume that a government left 234 of its army for over 2 weeks to the fate of terrorism, people who plague and look for undesereved attention, and then I can assume that the soldiers in this saga are more than ransome. Innocent people the government easily left unattended to. It would be fatal for the government to overlook the urgency of this saga.
Assumptions are strong; they form the basis for some truths. They can be formed, founded, traced and identified. They may be certainty or uncertainty, yet they are pointers...

The best government in the world does not give up its citizens to the slaughter and wait till the outcry of its people get unbearably high octave before answers are given. There is no romance without a relationship; there is no government without people. The understanding of such facts makes us wonder and assume if indeed our soldiers were not actually meants for the gallows in which they found themselves.

The exremist have given us a slap and the dangers of non-retaliation or no attempt will be a reoccurence of more dangerous sagas. Senseless though we may call their fanaticsm, but it was not without sense for the organisers as this was done with a purpose and according to the plan it was meant for. It is indeed clear that there is a reason. Nothing is really nothing unless you would rather be doing something else.

We face no more serious decisions in Nigeria today than the decisions to go after our abducted girls. Do we need a debate to ask for the whereabout of humans? Possibly a roundtable discussion, strategies and actions, but a debate of no action is a sail for another direction.

There is no confusion in our assumptions, no uncertainty in our feelings, no discrepancies in our belief of injustice meted upon the handling of the matters of the abduction.

Yet ...our girls are there.

It is a possible assumption that our girls would ask themselves what their fate is in a country where their fellows are carted away in the middle of the night? .The girls yet to come and even those who don’t understand what is going on presently and who will assume that it is possible to be kidnapped by some demented association in the mid of the night while studying for examination and carted away to be made sex slaves, wives of bandits, slaves for lives and earn an undeserved future of terrorism, daily rape, assault, beatings and also be made witnesess to an untowards an unreasonalbe belief for a diluted religious beliefs.

Accordingly to Tony Blair in his speech on the London bombings “the extremist mission is cleverly aimed at their target audience. Their cause is not founded on an injustice. It is founded on a belief, one whose fanatiscm is such that can’t be moderated. It can’t be remedied. It has to be stood up to.

Omar Nelson Bradley rightly posited when he said “unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeal he is unfit to command”.

One man’s tears; one woman’s wail make assumptions powerfull... they form the basis to the truth, for in the senate of grasses two elephants fight in a forest, the carcas of the defeated is just what the grasses await.
Then the assumptions again; to what or whose gain is the terrorism in this country?
Assumptions are strong... stronger than what we are fed with.

But our consolation is that all the people of the world are in partner with our interest and our cries for our daughters to be brought back, and for our part as a people we see clearly that unless justice is done for our girls, the injustice of the terrorist beliefs with politcal and governmental unmedicated actions will ruin our land.

(C) Funmi Akerele

Remember...Believe...Knowledge...Opportunities (Pink Ambition)



Precious M's picture


I have two daughters so I can only imagine what the mothers of the missing girls are going through.


My pen speaks

I have been waiting for someone to post, and be spotlighted, regarding this situation. I have spent much of the day on social media, etc, looking for more information and looking for action to take. Thank you for writing this article and sharing. I know there are many, many around the world who are raising their voices with yours.

Standing with you-

Let us Hope together-
aka: Cali gal


Greengirl's picture


Thank you so much my dear sister and compatriot for pouring out your heart in very resounding terms on behalf of those hapless girls. The anxiety and trauma the immediate family members and Nigerians who still have hearts made of flesh, are going through is undoubtedly draining (mentally, emotionally, physically, ......). Since news broke out about the kidnap, I have not seized to wish that it never happened. The sad reality that is so difficult and painful to accept is that it actually happened and we are still clueless as a Nation about the exact whereabouts and safety of the helpless girls. Each day, I go to bed and wake up the next day hoping to hear that the girls have been rescued. Alas, for the past three weeks all one hears on the news are recaps of the depressing details of how they were captured. This is usually followed by even more depressing footage of forlorn looking and wailing mothers, fathers, siblings, relatives, friends, well wishers of the victims.

I hope that the global outcry that the saga has generated will bring a much desired and speed of light rescue of the girls. Your voice counts! God bless your effort!!

In solidarity,

Ngobesing Linda's picture

getting worst by the day

and it is so sad that the situation is getting worst as the days go by,now 8 more girls have been abducted.Funmi thanks for raising your voice,i have actually been wondering where and when i would hear the powerful voice of a Nigerian speaking up for fellow have a good heart and May God bless it.I pray that our my sisters,wherever they are may be protected by our Lord.Maybe the Government of Nigeria thinks that these are just "GIRLS"and much attention should not be paid to them,but nice also to know that they are so valuable that they were abducted to inflict pain on the entire community.

Ngobesing Linda
The Voice with sound quality
queen of eloquence

trucker1's picture

bring our girls back!!!!!

God Speed!!!

Tam's picture

Dear Funmi, Thank you for

Dear Funmi,

Thank you for speaking to us all. It is true, as you say, "We face no more serious decisions in Nigeria today than the decisions to go after our abducted girls". We face no more serious decisions in the World today than to find these girls, and to follow with finding all missing and trafficked girls everywhere. We are here to stop this. We have been able to find each other. We will not let go of this. May our voices together create a noise impossible to ignore.

Love, Tam

Carolyn Seaman's picture

Re: Bring Back our Girls

Hi Funmi,

I share in the pain and desperation we have experienced demanding prompt action from our Government regarding the rescue of the abducted girls. And we must be grateful to our mobile phones, tablets, and computers for helping us mobilize the world to join our voices to demand #BringBackOurGirls

Although not much has been achieved regarding the rescue of the girls, the world is watching and demanding action and we can see key world figures rising to demand same and offer support to the rescue mission.

We must also continue to pray for the health and safety of the girls and more importantly pray that they are reconciled with their families soonest.

In solidarity
Carolyn Seaman

Carolyn Seaman
Girls Voices

Hi Funmi, thanks for exposing your heart and show the avarice and greed of poor humanity.
'm So sad the current situation. This is not an isolated fact, represents a compendium of the heinous crimes being committed today, many in secret, many in silence. Congratulations on being a woman WorldPulse that connects us with reality and with feeling. All voices are raised to the sky line.
Not that we're in an unjust world is that we have given to the corrupt.
Immense blessings. I'm standing with you and with all our community
With love, faith and hope

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