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The Fallacy of Chibok Girls and the 2015 General Election

Chibok Girls

English language defines the word ‘desperation’ as a state in which all hope has been lost. In a state of desperation, one could do anything as long as it would enable one achieve one’s ultimate aim. An instance here would suffice. A prisoner who had been sentenced to death by a Presiding High Court Judge after being adjudged guilty of murder could, in his attempt to escape from being hung, kill one or two prison wardens. Desperation does not thrive in legality, rather in its antithesis. In many instances, desperation is associated with crime and incivility. There is hardly anything criminal that some one that is desperate cannot do. Human beings justifiably associate desperation with negativity.

The Chibok girls or students, however, appear to have provided for desperation, enough grounds for an exception. When perfidy is successfully perfected to achieve high-class results, one could say that exception had been made. General Muhammadu Buhari; ousted Military Head of Nigerian State, began his chase for the civilian presidency of Nigeria in 2003. He contested on the platform of All Nigerian Peoples’ Party. In that same year, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, as a sitting President in a constitutional democracy that allowed a citizen to rule for eight years, also contested for his second tenure. Buhari was beaten flat in that election. 

In 2007, Buhari, still on the platform of A.N.P.P., contested a second time but this time against his Kinsman; late Umaru Yar’Adua of People’s Democratic Party, the same party that had produced Chief Obasanjo as Nigeria’s second Executive President. Again, Buhari failed. In 2011 presidential election, Buhari, though almost exhausted, still vied. This time, he had formed his own party; Convention Peoples Party and contested on its platform but the outcome of the election was not different from earlier results. He was, for the third time, defeated by incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party.

At this time, Buhari and the Northern power bloc had become desperately infuriated by their inability to retrieve power from the people of Southern Nigeria. Their desperation must have been propelled the more by reason of the death of President Umaru Yar’Adua, a development that created an opportunity for his vice, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, to complete his remaining two years following the doctrine of necessity as initiated and put to good use by the National Assembly under the experienced and able leadership of Senator David Mark as President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Head of the National Assembly. 

Their desperation was incidentally fuelled by the ambition of Senator Bolaji Tinubu, former governor of Lagos State, whose party, Action Congress of Nigeria, was prepared to initiate and coordinate an alliance of opposition parties and groups, just for the main purpose of capturing power from the ruling People’s Democratic Party. The main opposition elements were so desperate to grab power that they were ready to concoct any story.

It is this desperation for power that would inject into the strategy of the North to fabricate the ‘Chibok Girls’ purportedly on April 14, 2014. In every direction of reason and reality, the issue of ‘Chibok Girls’ is completely a phantom. It is a hoax unintelligently packaged to deceive and hood-wink the unsuspecting public. For one to take this position, it is one’s responsibility to justify taking the stand. As the narrative was presented, about two hundred and seventy-six female students had returned to Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno state for the purpose of sitting for physics in the secondary school certificate examination on 15th April, 2014. Since the paper was scheduled to be taken on 15th April, they had allegedly returned to school on the eve of 15th.

The discreditable facts are that Buhari and the Muslim

North fueled the Boko Haram insurgency and merely

fabricated the story of ‘Chibok Girls’ to ruthlessly

retrieve power from Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan,

a Southern Nigerian

Let it be recalled  that the Borno state government had directed the closing of her eighty-five secondary schools in early March 2014 due to increase in the activities of Boko Haram. The purported two hundred and seventy-six students, who returned to the Girls’ secondary school, must have returned from their parents’ homes. 

From point of view of geography, Chibok is a rural local government area which is about one hundred and forty kilometers from Maiduguri, the state capital of Borno state. Without, in any way, intending to make a mockery of the ‘Chibok Girls’, it is an open secret that in almost all Nigerian secondary schools, more than three quarters of students distaste such subjects as mathematics, physics and chemistry. Students who chose these three subjects out of desire are usually above just average intelligence. They are naturally first-class students. Experience also has it that such students are found mainly in schools in the metropolis.  

It is, therefore, astonishing to hear that a large number of female students; two hundred and seventy-six, returned and converged in a very rural school to sit for physics, of all subjects, in a very challenging and devastating period of Islamist insurgency. Going further, one could say that the narrative in its entirety smacks of idiocy. There is hardly any iota of reason or cohesion associated with the story. How would one be convinced that in a terrible period of insecurity that two hundred and seventy six female students would return to a rural school that had earlier been closed because of the same problem of insecurity and they mustered exceptional courage to sleep in the school, with neither the Principal nor Teachers being on the compound? 

One may ask further, the female students that came to sit for the physics paper, did they come from outside the Chibok neighborhood that could have made them not to have slept in their respective homes and gone for the examination the following day from their homes? It is equally of importance to inquire into the past results of students of Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok in West African Schools Certificate examination in physics. This is simply because for any school to have a large number of students registering for an uncommon subject that is not compulsory, the school must have a pedigree of bright performances in the subject. 

This, therefore, leads to the questions, what were the performance of Chibok students in physics in the senior secondary school certificate examination in 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 sessions? And how many of them secured admission in the universities or other institutions of higher learning to pursue science-related courses?

Still on the narrative, the element of contradiction reared its ugly head suspiciously too early in the Chibok saga. While the Governor of Borno state; Alhaji Kashim Shettima, said that thirty-nine out of two hundred and fifty abducted students were rescued the Principal of the school; Mrs. Asabe Kwambura, allegedly disagreed with him, saying that only fourteen students were rescued. 

Why should there be a wide numerical disparity between the comprehension of the state Governor, who is the chief security officer of the state and that of the Principal, who should know her students? 

At what point and by what calculation did the figure; two hundred and fifty, as quoted by the Governor, jump to two hundred and seventy-six? 

Lest one fails to ask, if the number of Chibok students that came to sit  for only physics in a remote and rural school is said to be  two hundred and seventy six, how many candidates  could have been present that night of 14th April, 2014 if it were English language or mathematics that are compulsory subjects? Another question that begs for answer is, what then was the total student population of government  Girls’ secondary School, Chibok, if only S.S.3 students that registered for physics were two hundred and seventy six?

The truth and nothing but the truth is that there was just nothing like ‘Chibok Girls.’ The phenomenon is purely a spurious creation of desperate forces to grab power. The Commissioner of Police in Borno State, as at the time this abduction was alleged to have taken place, Alhaji Lawan Tanko, should present a comprehensive write-up on this subject if he has genuine cause to disagree with this critical expose.

During his electioneering campaigns for the 2015 Presidential election, General Muhammadu Buhari had used the rescue of the Chibok Girls as a bet to deceive Nigerians, especially those who felt that the Chibok episode was real, to vote for him and his party. Buhari has become President, the chips are down!  The Nigerian Military has over-run the large expanse of Sambiza Forest!! Hundreds of abductees; women, young girls and children, have severally been rescued by security personnel!!! Yet, there is no trace of a single Chibok girl. President Buhari now sings an entirely different song. 

According to Premiumtimesng.Com, he has confessed ‘he cannot guarantee the rescue of the ‘Chibok Girls’. His reason is that the girls have been scattered in different directions. This is a blatant Presidential lie that holds no water. Where could they have been scattered to, in this modern age of communication, that enlightened adult girls would not be able to reach their parents or relations? Even the Nigerian Army, just recently, was reported on elombah.Com, expressng.Com and Nigeriaheadlines.Com to have said that it is not in haste to rescue the ‘Chibok Girls’. How else would President Buhari tell the world that there was, indeed, nothing like abduction of ‘Chibok Girls’? 

The discreditable facts are that Buhari and the Muslim North fueled the Boko Haram insurgency and merely fabricated the story of ‘Chibok Girls’ to ruthlessly retrieve power from Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, a Southern Nigerian.

Scripted by Chief (Sir) Don Ubani

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