Tunde Bakare, pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, has described the present government of the All Progressives Congress, APC, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, as a total failure. Bakare, who disclosed this while speaking during the Bring Back Our Girls Lecture on Saturday in Abuja, said the current administration and the previous one did not do enough to prevent Boko Haram abductions. The lecture was in commemoration of the fourth year since the kidnap of over 276 girls of the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State. The clergy man said the fact that schoolgirls were abducted in Dapchi, Yobe state, four years after the Chibok incident is “evidence of an anomie and alarming national malady”. He wondered why both incidents happened the year preceding a general election. “There is something wrong when a nation is twice beaten. There is something undeniably wrong when the girl child repeatedly becomes the bargaining instrument in negotiation deals between the government and terrorists,” Bakare said. “Let me ask this question, has this government handled the issue of the Chibok kidnap well?” the audience chorused, “No!” He asked again, “What of the previous government?” The people responded negatively, and Bakare continued: “Sometime ago, the daughter of President Buhari got married here in Abuja. Just recently, the daughter of Vice-President Osinbajo also got married here. “The other time a governor gave out his daughter to another governor and they had a very elaborate wedding. Now tell me if their daughters were among the Chibok girls, won’t they have done enough to rescue them? “Our hearts go out to parents and prayers go out to her wherever she is at the moment. And we affirm in the spirit of hope that very soon, we will see her safely returned to us.
“The fact that the Dapchi episode happened four years after the Chibok incident and one year to elections just as it was in the Chibok case is evidence of an alarming national malady.“There is something wrong if a nation is bitten twice, yet never shy with respect to the safety and security of its girl-child. “There is something undeniably wrong when its girl-child repeatedly becomes the bargaining instrument in negotiation deals between the government and terrorists.”