By: Brianna Davis
On April 15, 2014, nearly 300 girls were abducted from their boarding school in Nigeria by militants of a terrorist organization known as Boko Haram, whose focus is the opposition on Western education; “Boko Haram” literally means “western education is forbidden” in the Hausa language. Since their attack on the Chibok Government Secondary School, this incident has become more than “Nigeria’s problem”; the United States has now taken it on as their problem. Currently, there is a website that has been created, www.bringbackourgirls.us, which provides news on the occurrences in Nigeria in response to the kidnapping as well as how we can help bring more attention to the issue.
Upon this tragedy, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, has been heavily criticized due to his lack of responsiveness to the situation, which is directly alluded to in the Washington Post article, “What Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan should have written”; it encompasses a speech that, in my opinion, insults, criticizes, and defames the Nigerian President for the speech that he did provide in response to the criticisms against him. However, despite being all of those things, it is also honest, and its intentions are clear and direct; it demanded accountability. This article spoke volumes about holding those in power accountable; the language clearly depicts the subliminal message that President Goodluck Jonathan is sending via his actions; that finding more than 200 missing girls is not one of his top priorities. He is, however, now concerned with recovering his image so that he does not also lose his credibility.
Although your leaders may not be neglectful to this magnitude, does this speech reflect any of their actions? I’m sure many of you can say that it does; since you know this, it is your responsibility to hold your own leaders to a higher standard of accountability as well as become an active part of #BringBackOurGirls; its website provides information on how to become a part of the movement by organizing, rallying,spreading the word on social media, and joining other events that are already in place. I encourage everyone to read this article; it will encourage you to not only become more supportive of this growing movement, but to also scrutinize the actions of your own leaders and representatives. Accountability, among other things, is the foundation of leadership.