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