So, Did You Hear This Guy Rescued 500 Girls From Boko Haram Two Months Ago?
In April of last year, Boko Haram abducted nearly 279 girls from their school in Chibok. Two months ago, they attempted to do the same to 470 girls who were boarding at the Federal Government College in Bajoga town.
They were not successful.
Why? Because teachers immediately contacted a civil rights worker named Ibrahim Garuba Wala (known as I G Wala), who led a group of civilians into where even the Nigerian army was too afraid to go.
Via Channel 4:
As the Boko Haram fighters entered the school compound, I G Wala was on the phone to a member of staff at the school.
“I could hear the teachers screaming at the girls just to drop everything and run. All I could think of was the girls from Chibok and I knew that we could not let this happen again,” he said. I G Wala has been an active member of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign.
He claims he begged a Nigerian military commander to send in his troops to rescue the school girls but was told that the situation there was out of control. When I G Wala insisted on leading a group of civilians to rescue the girls, the commander, he says, agreed to supply two military escort vehicles.
The girls ran a total of 15km through the bush. They had been unable to take any water and many were severely dehydrated, I G Wala said. One had been injured by treading on a spike with bare feet.
“We carried some of them on our backs for the final kilometre back to the nearest village, which was as far as our vans had been able go. We had brought with us a vehicle loaded with bottles of water for the girls.”
His efforts have yet to be acknowledged or thanked by the Nigerian government, the military, or really anyone other than the girls and their school principals. The heroic rescue was not only not reported in the media around the world, but was largely ignored in Nigeria as well.
Wala and his organization, National Concensus Movement, believes that the government is being dangerously insensitive towards those who have suffered “unimaginable atrocities and calamities,” and that it is not doing enough to protect young girls from Boko Haram and to rescue girls who already have been kidnapped. Which, I think it’s pretty clear, is definitely the case here.
Perhaps Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan could take a few minutes out of his “worrying about the gays” time and actually work towards getting the remaining girls to safety.