Fiery preacher, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has said the Nigerian government has not been serious about rescuing the abducted students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, because the girls are not daughters of prominent individuals, or top government officials.
The pastor also accussed the politicians and political parties of using the fate of the girls to score cheap political points.
Bakare, who said the nation has not attached the needed seriousness the abduction required, spoke at the thanksgiving service to mark the global action week in commemoration of the second anniversary of the abduction of the schoolgirls organised by the BringBackOurGirls coalition at the Unity Fountain, Abuja.
He stressed that those who are in a position to act have not taken sufficient action towards addressing it or even towards calming the anxiety of the waiting Chibok parents.
While appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari to prioritize the rescue of the girls, Bakare reasoned that they would have been rescued if they were children of the political and religious elite.
He said: “What do you think I would have done extra if my girl was involved? Have I done those things? What could have happened, if these were daughters of Emirs or the Prelate or Primate of the Anglican Church or Methodist Church? If any of them happen to be son of Pastor Adeboye not to mention sons or daughters of governors or president, what do you think would have happened on that issue?
“Am just asking a question, what do you think would have happened? We would have done more than we have done, the whole nation has failed these children and we must repent and that is why we must honour those of you (BBOG) who have made it to be on the front burner.”
Condemning the action of the political class for playing politics with the fate of the Chibok girls, Bakare said: “It is most severely injurious to see that the fate of our daughters has been frequently politicised. Rather than rise to the occasion as stakeholders and custodians of the security and welfare of the citizens of this nation, political parties and politicians have paid lip service, using our pain and the plight of our daughters to score cheap political points.
“We are not convinced that the matter of our daughters has been given the needed thoughtfulness. We do not believe that those who are in a position to act have taken sufficient action towards addressing this issue or even towards calming our anxiety as waiting parents.”
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