It’s amazing that we are on Day 24 of looking for the missing schoolgirls from Chibok in Nigeria’s Borno State and after 24 days Nigeria has seen little or no support from African countries.

In a time where social media has been able to bring countries together with people showing support from New Zealand, France, Australia, Ireland and more – neighboring countries like Ghana, Tanzania, Cameroon and more have remained silent through Nigeria’s plight. Sadly this issue is not even a Nigerian plight and it is an issue that concerns the world, most especially Africa as a continent.

Over the past weeks there have been words of strength from America and UK as well as offers of assistance from China, France and more. Michelle Obama, last night took to her Instagram to share a picture saying it is time to #BringBackOurGirl. African leaders on the other hand have remained deafeningly silent and we cannot help but ask the question, why?

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South Africa just finished an election and Kenya is dealing with its own demons but there are several other countries in Africa who could have spared a few minutes to speak positive words of encouragement or solidarity. It’s so disappointing that our next door neighbors Ghana haven’t shown us support, not even a public condemnation of the act.

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It seems that the human race as a whole continues to lose its humanity in glaring ways. Are we so immune to these things?

Without even going to neighbouring countries where are the Nigerian governors? There are 36 states in Nigeria and yet how many have come forward to speak on this issue? Where are the First Ladys’, the Ministers – where is everyone? To be honest I would have thought this would be the perfect time for political parties to show their sensitivity thereby winning the hearts of Nigerians but everyone is in hiding.

Nigerian celebrities are another case entirely – it took three weeks for an upcoming musician Kaline Akinkugbe (and we are glad for the song!) to release a song called “Bring Them Home” while Don Jazzy is consuming the social media with #Dorobucci. How about #DoroBringBackOurGirls?

And where is D’banj (apparently he is at the WEF in Abuja) who was so quick to run off to interview GEJ in a convenient political arrangement? Yes we saw Banky W during a protest as well as Waje, Tiwa Savage, Lami Phillips, Omoni Oboli, Yemi Alade and more. But where are the core celebrities that Nigeria has helped blow up?

Every day in Nigerian media it is “Justin Timberlake Lends Voice To #BringBackOurGirls”, “Forrest Whitaker…Keri Hilson…Mary J.Blige…Russell Simmons…Fat Joe…Chris Brown…”.  Where are the Nigerian celebrities? When the time for shows and endorsements come you see that Nigeria has more than 200 celebrities and where are they now? On set? In the studio?

Martin Luther King Jr said, quite aptly, “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

 

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