The remarkable 17year old child education activist from Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai visited Nigeria to physically lend her voice and influence to the #Bringbackourgirls campaign for hundreds of school girls abducted by Nigeria’s radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram in Chibok, Born state.
She celebrated her 17th birthday in Nigeria and met with parents of the abducted girls in Chibok.
Malala, whose story is similar to that of the abducted girls was targeted and nearly murdered by the Pakistani terrorist group, Taliban, for publicly speaking in support of education for the girl child.
Malala met with Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan who assured Hehe that the Federal Government is doing everything possible to bring the girls back. President Jonathan, who has never visited Chibok since the incident or met with any of the parents, on Malala’s persuasion, promised to meet with the parents of the abducted girls.
However, President Jonathan cancelled the meeting, saying that the #Bringbackourgirls campaigners have politicized the issue and have persuaded the parents not to attend the meeting. The Presidency later said that it was the parents who actually cancelled the meeting, an allegation the parents denied. Another meeting has been scheduled for 21st July.
I sincerely thank Malala for visiting my country, Nigeria to show her support. I was happy to hear her call the girls ‘my sisters’. It shows their parents that they aren’t alone in the struggle. I constantly think of the agony the parents of the abducted girls are passing through and it continuously breaks my heart.
Meanwhile, Boko Haram has continued to wreck more havoc on the country’s North East: killings, more kidnappings, burning of villages, attacks on churches…