Arise, O compatriots,
- Nigeria’s call obey
- To serve our Fatherland
- With love and strength and faith.
- The labour of our heroes past
- Shall never be in vain,
- To serve with heart and might
- One nation bound in freedom, peace and unity.
- O God of creation
- Direct our noble cause
- Guide our leaders right
- Help our youth the truth to know
- In love and honesty to grow
- And living just and true
- Great lofty heights attain
- To build a nation where peace
- And justice shall reign.
I am writing this post with so much emotion. It is scary how our very safe Nigeria is now in a terrible mess.We have all heard of the killings, the bombings, the kidnappings, everything. I won’t even bother to go back to the previous activities of Boko Haram in Nigeria, because the recent ones are more than enough. On the 14th of April, there was an explosion at the Nyanya motor pack in Abuja, and this led to the death of over a hundred people. Later, we were informed that the popular terrorist group called Boko Haram had claimed to be the ones responsible.
I remember when Boko Haram started their killings. They had stated that they were against western civilization, so when they started destroying churches and schools I really was not surprised. Mind you, the president/leader of Boko Haram is Educated…
Fast Forward to 4 weeks ago, news reached us that about 230 girls were kidnapped from a Government Girls Secondary school in Chibok, Borno state. This same Boko Haram group claimed to be the master minds of this act. It’s painful how, till today, we do not have a particular number of girls that have been kidnapped as every authority keeps giving different figures.
Up till now, we have been hearing different rumors about the girls, about how they might have been sold to neighboring countries. Some political parties even doubt if these girls were kidnapped, which is very silly at this point.
May 1st. Worker’s day, finally!! People can rest, but NO, as long as Boko Haram is around, no where is safe. They headed over to the same Nyanya motor park and succeeded in carrying out another explosion, which left over 30 people dead.
No where in Nigeria is safe. We sleep each night thinking of what would happen tomorrow. Will they leave the North and move to the South or West or East? What is stopping these tyrants from coming to Lagos? And can they be stopped?
At one point, I kept on blaming our president, Good Luck Johnathan, but I have come to understand that it is not his fault. He is trying his best. It’s just unfortunate that he is not a leader and his best is not good enough.
Nigerians, I have come to realize that no matter how diverse we are, in terms of culture, religion, language, we are all one. This issue of Boko Haram is not only an issue of the North. The whole country should be worried, and we are. We will continue to pray for Nigeria. In addition, let’s stand together in solidarity. Let’s continue to ask for more transparency from our government. At least now that the world has got eyes on us and countries assisting as they can, we can hope to continue to hear more information. Let’s continue to do what we can to keep these missing girls in the news…until they return home!
#BRING BACK OUR GIRLS #STOP THE KILLING