International Girl Child Day Nigerians, it is time to ask some serious questions

On this day, Nigeria as a nation has to ask herself some pertinent questions concerning the future of the girl child in Nigeria.

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Nigeria said it was committed to rescuing the 218 Chibok girls still held captive by Boko Haram play

Nigeria said it was committed to rescuing the 218 Chibok girls still held captive by Boko Haram

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Today is the International Day of the Girl Child which Nigeria duly observed. 

Observation is one thing and ensuring that girl children are protected and well taken care of is another kettle of fish entirely. 

Nigeria as a country doesn't do too well for its youth. The system of education is in shambles as the NYSC has raised an alarm that it has no funds to operate.

Nigerian girl child play

Nigerian girl child

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The archaic NYSC has in recent years further widened the gap between graduates overseas and Nigerian graduates who are forced to observe a one year service to the fatherland. The NYSC scheme has become irrelevant and an inconvenience. 

Let's get down to the girl child. How can we properly celebrate this day when there has been little progress in the recovery of the Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram in 2014.

 

Most Nigerians have moved on from that episode as young Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram are either dead or forced into marriage. The outcry lasted only for a second while our silence will be for an eternity when future generations will look back at our futile attempt at rescuing future mothers and business leaders. 

On a day like this we should also ask ourselves why we are comfortable in allowing some men marry underage girls comfortably in the North?

The kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from the Nigerian town of Chibok in July 2015 sparked a global campaign to "Bring Back Our Girls" play

The kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from the Nigerian town of Chibok in July 2015 sparked a global campaign to "Bring Back Our Girls"

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We should ask ourselves while female genital mutilation is going in this country and we are not doing anything about it? 

We should ask ourselves why we look the other way when thousands of Nigerian girls end up as domestic servants that are abused and denied an education?

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Suspected Chibok girls in a Boko Haram video released on August 14, 2016.

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We need to ask ourselves what is the worth of the life of one young Nigerian girl? These are questions we need to ask ourselves and our neighbors. If we can't do some soul searching as a nation based on these questions.

If we sweep these under the rug we are mortgaging the lives of millions of Nigerian girls who should be the leaders of tomorrow. 

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