by Benson Agoha | Opinion
It was 564 days since Boko Haram invaded a Hostel in Chibok and abducted some 275 girls, so the recent protest by #BringBackOurGirls was no surprise.
570 days and we are still on our journey from Chibok, although a few days ago, the notorious leader of Boko Haram and one that tops the list of 100 wanted terrorists in Nigeria, Abubarkar Shekau, was reportedly seen on the Streets of the Federal Capital Territory, unmolestedly walking alongside a `powerful' ex-government official.
The past days have been those of endless campaigns, and hopes, and dashed hopes. Hopes that the next news, just the very next one, that will emanate from the war against Boko Haram, will be about the Chibok girls - and that it will be a good one. So far that has not happened, not even after Shekau was seen in Abuja on the 31st October, 2015.
Since April 2014 when the world rose to the horror of the news, it is hard to imagine how those in authority would have managed to rationalize their aparent slow response to this atrocity.
On the day the news of abduction broke, there had been a bomb attack the previous day. Boko Haram had bombed the bus station in Nyanya as a decoy to divert attention from their next plot for Chibok that same evening.
So day and night brought no good news, but lots of bad news. The bus station attack killed 73 persons and left hundreds with several degrees of injury when a suicide bomber detonated his device at the Bus Park in Nyanya, Abuja.
Besides the deaths, 16 luxury buses and 24 mini buses, involved in long distance inter-city travels were also razed at the garage during the attack. Nigerians expected to hear on that day that their President, former President Goodluck Jonathan, had cut short all engagements to attend to the urgency of the issue.....
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* Benson Agoha is a Spiritual Rights Campaigner
Founder of Woolwich Online