The co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls movement and former World Bank Vice President, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has declared that justice must be done in the case of the abducted Chibok girls because the abduction reflected the failure of governance.
Last Thursday made it exactly two years since 276 Chibok girls were abducted by Boko Haram from their school in Borno State but 57 of the girls were able to escape, leaving 219 schoolgirls still unaccounted for.
Speaking in Lagos yesterday, Mrs. Ezekwesili stressed that the abduction was treated with levity by government.
Speaking as a guest at the Daystar Christian Centre, the former World Bank top shot said the girls would have been rescued if they were children of the elite.
She said: “Absolutely nothing is going to make me stop talking about the Chibok girls until justice is done for them. Why must justice be done for them? Justice must be done for our Chibok girls because they symbolize the failure of governance in a nation that does not understand that God absolutely looks at government as an institution that exists because of the needs of the poor. The rich and mighty can do without government. But government exists that the poor may be cared for”.
“For us, we stand to declare that our Chibok girls represent a turning point in our nation, and the reason is simple. A nation can afford to ignore its citizens when it sees no value in them. Nations that have made economic progress and achieved development are the ones that dignify the lives of their citizens. Citizens’ lives mean nothing. The likelihood is because there is something that substitutes for the citizens’ lives. In our own case, that something is called oil”, she said.
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