Recent news about Leah Sharibu, the only Christian schoolgirl kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists in Government Secondary School, Dapchi, Adamawa State, has continued to generate reactions from Nigerians.
The insurgents had released over a hundred other kidnapped students, holding back Leah who refused to denounce her Christian faith.
About two years after Leah’s kidnap , all efforts by the Federal Government to secure her release failed to yield results.
On Saturday, January 25, 2020, news broke of Leah’s delivery of a baby boy for a Boko Haram commander.
According to reports, the sixteen-year-old was said to have been forcefully converted to Muslim and married off to a Boko Haram commander.
Nigerian journalist, Ahmad Salkida, has also confirmed that Leah is now a mother. Salkida is known to have links with the terrorist sect.
Most Nigerians have described the news as heartbreaking and the failure of the Muhammadu Buhari-led government at its job of securing the lives of citizens.
This once again calls to mind how much low we keep falling as a country. Leah Sharibu will forever remain an indelible reminder of the very many dangers of being a Nigerian and existing in the confines of the territory called Nigeria.
She refused to denounce her faith and for years stood out as an epitome of steadfastness to one’s faith in the midst of persecution and torture. The story of Leah has again brought to the front burner the shameless disposition of our government and her insensitivity in managing the many evil dragging this country to the mud. A government that can ignore steps that needs to be taken in protecting and safeguarding the lives of her citizen but will swiftly treat the so called repentant Boko Haram terrorists with kid glove should certainly be regarded as a joke and an utter disgust to civilization and development.
Leah and many other Christians and even Muslims alike have been subjected to demeaning terror; many are still facing pain, destruction and unimaginable barbaric acts from these devil partner terrorists.
They kill, maim and plunder helpless people and even our ill equipped and over stretched security men.
The many cries for justice in this country has continued to echo amongst our daily existence, the complacency of the people has also not just become more worrisome but has taken a full coloration of a population that are comfortable cowards.
The Nigerian people are disconnected from the struggle for their freedom. They have always looked on, as others have presumed to speak on their behalf, and have witnessed their hens, electing foxes as wet nurses to nurture their young.
When a people are disconnected from the struggle for their freedom, those who seek to liberate the bound labors but in vain, except the force that seeks to liberate the people, is a violent one, which is external to the people, and merely another tendency, within the oppressive class.
A class war fought on the back of the poor, who fights in proxy wars, for the profit and empowerment of the rich. To be pacifists, and to then seek the liberation of the disconnected, is akin to an attempt to rescue a drowning man that is intent on fighting his rescuer.
Today we are talking about Leah, but what of the many other shameless acts of the government of the day? The incessant incarcerations, the sham called fight against corruption or the onward intimidation and suppression by a 5% and 95% system that have held the country down since its inception.
Now, terrorism is affecting everyone everywhere, no one is exempted. Today it is the BokoHaram, ISWAP and Bandits in the North East and North West as to the Fulani Killer squad marauding the South and the Middle Belt. No one is safe.
However, until we as a people stand up to say enough is enough, never allow our dividers who have successfully created this discord espoused in our division along ethnic and religious lines, we will keep hiding in fear and intimidation and many Leahs’ will face even harsher ordeal.
Let’s never forget, in today’s Nigeria, no one is safe.