An Open Letter To President Jonathan On Abducted Chibok Schoolgirls

An Open Letter To President Jonathan On Abducted Chibok Schoolgirls

By Opinions | The Trent on May 9, 2014
Mothers weep during a meeting with the Borno state governor on April 22 in Chibok. (Photo Credit: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters)

by Okupe Opemipo

I would like to start off first by appreciating everything you have done for our beloved country, Nigeria.

I am sure you are aware of the kidnapping situation that occurred about two weeks ago in Chibok, Bornu State and the amount of Secondary School students, who are about my age, that were abducted and taken away from their families leaving them in great sorrow. We as a united country cannot ignore such a tragedy that is happening to our fellow citizens. Therefore, I plead with you to intervene in this current situation.

The Boko Haram group has been terrorizing the different states of our country and we have been trying our very best to ignore, however I am afraid that this current situation is just too much to bear. These students were already in the final stage of Secondary School, writing their final exams when their school was invaded, and I am almost hundred percent sure that each of them had great dreams, as do I. The reality that these students may not be able to fulfill these dreams or make anything of themselves breaks my heart unsparingly. I can almost imagine how these girls felt when they came to the realization that they were being abducted. The fear and helplessness that they must have felt as they were being put into various trucks, about to be taken to the unknown. To be killed? Made a slave? Sold out? Never to see their loved ones? One can only imagine and pray never to be found in such a tragedy.

Some of their family members had gone into the forest by themselves to retrieve their daughters, but had been convinced to turn back by other individuals who had witnessed these terrorists and saw that they were heavily armed. It has now been said that some of these girls have been sold into slavery for about 2,000 Naira or forced to marry insurgents. About forty of the girls were fortunate enough to escape on their own, but I beg of you, what about the others?

It was reported lately that another tragic incident occurred in Bornu State. Will there ever be an end to this?

As a citizen of this country I feel it is my right and duty to help these girls in any possible way that I can, but it is beyond my power. As a fellow human being, it will be an honor to do so. All I ask of you is to work hand in hand with the Bornu State governor, Mr. Kashim Shettima, and bring these girls back home to their families.

May the labor of our heroes past truly never be in vain. I look forward to hearing from you.

Okupe Opemipo is a student of Redeemers International Secondary School, Maryland, Lagos State.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.


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