As a kid I grew up having the name FEDERAL running through my veins, from Federal University Staff School, Federal Government College to Federal University of Technology. In all of this I remember with nostalgia my experience in Federal Government Girls’ College Owerri Imo State; it was more fun as a boarder. We had dormitories with bunks, with our little windows that could take one person at a time especially when we tried to escape from our Matron.
I woke up Tuesday morning to the news of the heinous murdering of over 30 students in Federal Government College in Buni-Yadi, Yobe State by Boko-Haram Insurgents in their sleep. My heart is heavy and my eyes are filled with tears, I don’t know any of those students but it could have been me. My two sisters and I went to a Federal College, these children were burnt while they were sleeping, for those who tried to escape through the window were caught, not just killed but had their throats slit. JESUS!!! These are people’s kids, they weren’t goats. How can a mother be comforted, what can you tell a father or how can you explain it to the little siblings at home?
What’s going on? When did we become this barbaric? What do they want? Are these humans or do we have an alien invasion? Some of us in other parts of the country are carrying on with our lives as though nothing happened. We have a constant spill of blood and it’s sipping into our foundation. This blood will cry out someday, if we don’t speak up now or do something, when the axe is out every single tree will be cut down, the tsunami won’t just sweep across the evil men perpetrating this act but everyone.
The Motto for Federal Colleges is Pro-Unitate (unity) it’s time for us to speak up with one voice, regardless of tribe or religion. ENOUGH OF THESE KILLINGS. We are gradually becoming used to deaths that we are more concerned with the number, One death is equivalent to a Thousand deaths. Let us do something so people won’t have to refer to Nigeria as “There was a country“. If we need foreign aid, let us say so.
Lord, just as Your Word says anyone who kills by the sword will die by the sword. For as many as they are sponsoring this sect, may they be revealed, may their source of income dry up, may their plans fail. Boko Haram means western education is a taboo yet sophisticated weapons are used, this is beyond religion. Lord for our security system we pray for wisdom on their part to defend our citizens as well as fish out these monsters.
I don’t know what else to say, we have prayed and fasted as a nation, a State of Emergency has been declared, it looks as though we are not making any progress but I choose to believe this too shall pass. I don’t know when but I choose to believe. I pray for strength on all the families who have lost someone, words will never suffice, I can’t mend your heart but God can do all things.