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Kankara’s abduction: Letter to the president

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Released students from the Government Science Secondary school, in Kankara, in northwestern Katsina State, Nigeria are led into the Government House upon their release on December 18, 2020. PHOTO: Kola SULAIMON / AFP

Sir: Nigeria is my country of birth and I am so appreciative of the gifts of God on our land. However, the ways my great country has been managed by our political leaders recently have been sources of concern for me and several Nigerians home and abroad. We are very apprehensive that our generation will not witness any significant development. Your administration, Sir, is the most recent catastrophe that befell Nigeria especially in the area of security of lives and properties. Even Your Excellency knows that the territory of Nigeria is now under the control of the gunmen.

Mr. President, on the nights of April 14-15, 2014, 276 female students of the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State were kidnapped by the ungodly, deadly, dreaded and inhuman sect (Boko Haram militants) though not under your administration. A good number of the girls are still unaccounted for. Some of them are dead, some, married off while some were reportedly used as suicide bombers. On May 8th, 2017, BBC reported that over one hundred of the girls are still missing. For almost two years after the abduction, nothing was heard about the girls until May 2016 when a vigilante found one of the girls. Then, your administration began a negotiation with the terrorists; negotiation that was brokered by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

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We experienced the height of this incessant abduction on December 11th, 2020 as Boko Haram militants invaded Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina state and kidnapped 333 students. For over five days after the abduction, your excellency did not say a word until after the boys were released on December 17, your birth date (sadly enough, that was my birth date as well). I supposed the boys were released as a birthday gift to you sir.

Moreover, Mr. President, how on earth could a group of terror visited a place inhabited by people and kidnapped over 300 students? It might not surprise Your Excellency that virtually all Nigerians that voted you as their president now hold high regrets as you have personally disappointed them by your actions and inactions. Where are those qualities we so much cherished in Your Excellency? Sir, you need to know that the populace of Nigerians that voted you massively is suffering.

Truly, Mr President, a handful of us applauded your decision to stop importation of certain goods in order to boost local production. However, you have not given the populace the required serene atmosphere to encourage increase in local production of goods. Many youths are out of schools. Farms are destroyed. Nothing seems to be working in our dear nation.

There are a very few Nigerians who still think you are the Mr. Right for this nation. Can you do well by discharging up to their expectations? Some things can yet be done to amend for the wrongs against the populace. Your Excellency still have 29 months before you ultimately hand over. Nigerians are watching!

Akindele AbdulQayyum Olalekan wrote from Ibadan.

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