After three long years of agony, devastation and life in hell, today 82 Chibok Schoolgirls arrived Abuja following careful, secret and tedious negoatiation proceeds that saw to the release of top Boko Haram suspects in custody of Nigerian security forces.
We owe eternal gratitude to the almighty God who has kept them alive even in den of blood thirsty murderers in these long three years.
The news of their release has brought joy to millions of Nigerians and citizens of the world who joined in the campaign to #BringBackOurGirls but more especially their parents who waited for this moment with anxiety and trepidation.
Sadly, some of our Zion daughters may not meet their parents alive as a number of them have passes away owing to frustration.
Most importantly however, we should never forget to remember the ignoble, unfortunate, inhuman, sadistic and wicked role played by members of the administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan who neither showed interest in their immediate rescue, nor empathy for their parents but even tried though unsuccessfully to deny that such mass abduction ever occurred.
It is rather unfortunate hearing some people criticising the government for releasing BHT in exchange for the Chibok Schoolgirls. They should instead put themselves in the shoes of the Chibok parents whose daughters were abducted for over three years now.
As a parent, will you have peace or sleep if any of your child went to school and got missing on way back in a city let alone to be abducted by dreaded blood-thirsty terrorists as Boko Haram. I am very much sure that parents can give up anything they have or own including their lives for the daughters’ freedom.
This is why President Muhammadu Buhari deserve our commendation, prayers and encouragement for his unrelenting commitment towards rescuing the Chibok Schoolgirls as promised.
Doing this is both necessary and obligatory especially for those of us from the North East whose region witnessed unprecedented devastation, mass killings and violence for more than five years.
As our daughters reintegrate into the society and reunite with their parents and families, may the peace of God from above envelop them, may never see violence in their lives again, may they find eternal and permanent peace, may they realise all their aspirations in live, may the wounds in their bodies, minds and souls be permanently healed, may our land never ever witness such acts of babarism and man’s inhumanity to man, may the remaining girls be released soon. Welcome home daughters of Zion.
Dogara is the Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives