“I Am Disappointed In Buhari” – Helen Paul [Must Read]


Read her piece as published on The Trent
The comedian and mother of two Helen
Paul, writes down her views and
disappointment in President-elect,
Muhammadu Buhari recent statement
that he cannot guarantee the safe return
of the kidnapped Chibok girls..
Hmmm… it’s one year and some days
now since the Chibok girls have been
missing. Yet, the days are still counting
because we have no clue about their
This is a very sad development indeed.
No doubt, it was a disappointment that
the outgoing government failed to
locate and rescue the girls from the
hands of their Boko Haram abductors.
As a mother, who knows what the
pains of child labour and child
upbringing are all about, I heaved a
sigh of relief when Muhammadu Buhari
emerged winner of the presidential
election. It was not because I like him
more than Jonathan, but because I
listened to one of his campaigns, where
he promised to bring back the girls if
elected into office.
Perhaps, Nigerians elected him on that
I feel that, at least, it will be a great
achievement for whoever locates and
brings back the girls to their respective
families. In fact, whoever achieves that
will be celebrated as a hero all over the
world. But then, I have seen another
reason to believe that all politicians are
the same.
Their modus operandi may only be
different. A few days ago, exactly when
it clocked one year that the girls had
been missing, Buhari broke my heart,
just like that of other Nigerians when
he said his government could not
promise to bring back the girls! I felt
really devastated because that comment
was a sharp contrast to the promises he
made to all Nigerians and the world at
large during his campaigns.
Honestly, I try not to be disappointed
because you can always expect
anything from Nigerians, politicians in
particular. They can promise heaven on
earth during campaigns, but the
moment they get to power, they
promptly renege on their promises.
Such is life in this part of the world
where we find ourselves.
I tried to put myself in the shoes of the
parents, relatives and neighbours of the
missing girls, who, perhaps, solicited
votes for the retired General after
hearing his campaign promise that he
would bring back the girls. How will
they feel now hearing him say
something to the contrary?
There is an adage in Yoruba that says ‘
omo eni ku san ju omo eni sonu lo,’
meaning that it is better for someone’s
child to die than to be missing. I can
imagine the different thoughts and
imaginations that would have saddled
the minds of those girls’ parents. If the
girls are dead (which I don’t pray for
anyway), the parents will mourn for
sometime and recover, but that they
are missing is another experience

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