About two weeks ago, 110 schoolgirls were kidnapped from their school in Dapchi, Yobe State, Nigeria. It seemed like de ja vu. A year before a general election in Nigeria and yet another kidnap akin to the snatching of 276 students from the Government Secondary School Chibok almost four years ago.
It was de ja vu when the government came out to claim that no girls had been taken only to retract its position through one of its agencies hours later.
While the politics of these abductions continue to garner mixed reactions, my thoughts on this International Women’s Day are with the girls whose rights have been trampled upon for being female.
With the widespread outcry among young people following recent school shootings in United States as well as the outcry that has now come to be known as the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements across the West, one should think it warped that we let another mass schoolgirl abduction–two injustices in one–reach full cycle. Worse still, we aren’t doing anything much about it.
Today is a day to reflect about ending the injustices done to women in our communities for religious, political and cultural reasons. It is a day to #PressForProgress
My prayers are with the Dapchi girls and their families during this grueling time. And with the many like Alice and Hauwa, aid-workers, who were also taken about a week ago in Rann, Nigeria. May you all be found safe and returned to your loved ones in Jesus’ name. Amen