By Timawus Mathias
Buhari and Obasanjo are battle tested Generals that have seen many wars, some of them genocidal. One can understand the apparent lack of emotion or empathy in their pronouncements. It is soldiers talking from being fed more information than we may ordinarily know. Their positions on the painful issues, particularly President Buhari’s must have been informed by the meaning of the technical defeat of Boko Haram which in truth has been degraded to being unable to engage in formations. Cleared from much of the desertified northern Borno, cells operate in uncoordinated modes in city suburbs and defenceless settlements. The abducted Chibok girls could hardly be anywhere under the sun and in a group. We should credit Boko Haram with enough intelligence to have dispersed the captives into many locations.
No matter what becomes of the technical defeat of the Boko Haram, the case of the Chibok girls can not be written off by Obasanjo’s brutal assumption. As a parent, I am still hopeful that my protégé Peter Tawhegola Mathias lost on the night of the 1984 Yola Maitatsine crisis will walk into our home today that he is 42, or would have, and this after 30 years brings teardrops from my eyes. How much more of small town families that lost 200 and more promising girls? Without accounting for those girls dead or alive, Nigeria will have a forever scarred greatness.