It has been over 3 months since 250+ teenage girls were kidnapped from the Government Secondary school in Chibok, Borno state. Western diplomats have said that, despite international publicity, the efforts to find the hostages are little further on than they were in May, when Britain, America and France began to help. With neither a prisoner swap nor a rescue considered likely, there was little real prospect of any “breakthrough” in the foreseeable future, they said.
Said one diplomat: “It is hard to see this being resolved either by a rescue or a prisoner swap deal, although that is also true for a lot of other girls kidnapped by an extremist group that is located primarily in Northern Nigeria in recent months and years, who are now bush wives. What may happen is that from time to time, some may seize a chance to escape, or a deal may be done with one particular local faction that is holding some of the hostages.”
However, Canon Dr. Stephen Davis, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Envoy to the Nigerian President, was a little more positive. In a recent interview with the BBC, Canon Davis pointed out that an extremist group that is located primarily in Northern Nigeria militants have been raiding villages for the sole purpose of getting food.
“We’ve heard from a number of people in their camps that the food drops they were getting from outside have been intercepted by military forces sent by international governments, so they will be feeling the pinch of the restrictions of co-operating nations’ forces.”
He also spoke out about some Nigerian politicians, saying that they are some of the sponsors of an extremist group that is located primarily in Northern Nigeria. “It’s no longer a Christian[ity]-versus-Islam issue, it’s much more a power play as we get closer to the election. The recent bombs in the capital city of Abuja were a reaction to the election. an extremist group that is located primarily in Northern Nigeria is determined to show that the present government can’t provide security for Nigeria.”
Source: World Watch Monitor
Father, we implore You on behalf of these young women to restore them quickly to their families. As they seek ways to escape, give them wisdom and opportunity; protect them and encourage them with a clear awareness of Your presence with them. Father, as the international community continues to assert pressure in hopes of a swift resolution, we join in prayer specifically for You to soften the hearts of their captors. We even boldly ask that some might turn from their violent ways to repentance and faith in Christ. In the name of Jesus, whose presence in us we reflect in this dark world, Amen.