Some good things happen at awkward times and in the last week, enough events did occur to keep a newsroom brimming; the fuel price crisis, the NLC feeble strike. But good news happened when we learnt of the rescue of two Chibok girls from Sambisa forest.
This ought to be an event that demanded massive laudation since the abduction of school girls from a Chibok secondary school two years ago by terrorist group Boko Haram – an occasion that put our country on the wrong beam of international spotlight, drawing a world wide protest from world figures such as Michelle Obama and Justin Timberlake.
So why did it matter little to Nigerians last week when two of 256 girls were rescued from Sambisa forest? At least, there should have been shouts of joy noised abroad? This was news that made CNN and Al Jezera a tad excited. Why did we carry on like nothing happened?
Because we are bored.
Because our compassion level has waned.
Because Nigerians are stuck with how to survive these austere times and what really irks our mind is how to survive the incessant inflation and devaluation of our economy.
And as unbelievable as it may seem, many Nigerians are still having a hard time believing in the authenticity of the abduction of the Chibok girls. Is this political drama staged to shame an opponent out of office? The inconsistency of the facts surrounding this mishap (the rescued girls’ names Serah and Amina do not appear in the list of the 256 or 276 missing students) is enough to cast a shadow of doubt in our hearts.
For the rescued girls, all we had were mere wishes of speedy recovery from whatever they must have suffered in the valleys of Sambisa forest, but what really irked our collective minds as a nation were; ‘where can we buy cheap fuel?’, ‘When is power going to be restored?’, ‘When would our salaries be paid?’
After two years, the only people who can genuinely remember these girls are their parents and close friends. Life has moved on for the everyday Nigerian a long time ago. He is thinking of his rent, his daily bread, what excuse to offer the school for the late payment of his child’s fees, his electricity supply which has become more epileptic than before, how fuel has become luxury to him. Whoever escaped the clutches of Boko Haram does not matter to him. He does not care. He does not want to know.
We have been schooled repeatedly on the art of aloofness by our national circumstances and our political leaders, sitting on ivory towers. Individually, we are running our own autonomous communities. If the girls really meant a thing to the nation, our hands should not have been completely tied as to how to go about their rescue.
Just tell us how we are expected to fare with this inflation. Chibok girls’ abduction, farce or fact and their recent rescue are news many Nigeria cannot be bothered with..
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