On Saturday, the nation was greeted with the joyful news of the release of 82 of the abducted Chibok girls.
So welcome was the news around the country that it brought a lot of hope to Nigerians. The social media was abuzz as the release became a “trending topic” on Twitter.
Nigerians were in a celebratory mood as they commended the efforts of the Federal Government in securing their safe return.
Confirming their release, the FG said it had to negotiate with the sect by swapping some Boko Haram terrorists for the girls.
As commendations and praises were given to the FG and the security forces, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday night issued a scathing statement condemning the release of the girls.
A line from the statement issued by Prince Dayo Adeyeye for the Makarfi-led faction said:
“The release of the girls will increase the agony and high expectancy of the remaining girls still in custody of the terrorists and their families who will be wondering why they have not been so lucky. It therefore would have been better to ensure the release of all the girls at once.”
This line from the party just smacks of sheer wickedness and the regard the PDP had for the lives of the Chibok Girls.
How on earth, does the release of the girls equate to agony? Is the PDP so disaffectionate that it refused to see that their return home will produce hope for the families of those in captivity. Did the return of the earlier released twenty-one Chibok girls keep their families hopeless?
This statement is a clear display of the party’s attitude towards the abduction of the girls. It shows the party never cared about the welfare of the girls but was more concerned about winning the 2015 elections.
Speaking further, the PDP insinuated that the girls should have been released all at once or not at all.
From this message that the PDP has passed, regardless of the faction it comes from, we can safely conclude that the party had no clear plans for rescuing the girls
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.