Meat Of The Matter: #PutYourselfInTheirShoes @segalink @abolajialausa @drjoeodumakin

I have a daughter, a wonderful one at that whose smiles never cease to bring me joy regardless of how terrible my day has been or how in...

I have a daughter, a wonderful one at that whose smiles never cease to bring me joy regardless of how terrible my day has been or how indifferent my wife and I might be feeling towards each other over an argument. The Girl-Child is like a universal solvent which is why in some yoruba families call them Pèrò (meaning solvent, pain reliever or peacemaker).

Now imagine in the wake of dawn having your lovely daughter amongst those of others, your peacemaker, your joy and hope for the future, kidnapped...not dead...but missing for 500Days!!! No words on their whereabout, no distinctive plan for their rescue to hold on to...just some deadly silence and uncertainty about their whereabout!

While you grieve, some used this as a political wild card for campaign and subsequently to win elections and appointments, yet your lovely daughter is still out there...all promises are just what they are ....promises.

#PutYourselfIn TheirShoes whoever you might be...a parent, a potential father or a child who goes home safely each day. Walk a day in their shoes without a parent to hug, family to see, healthy environment to live in and potential threats to life each passing hour for 500 days and counting.

Think about it....

Picture credit: @abolajialausa
Yet in our comfort zones, we pay lip service to their rescue or the news of their disappearance like it's some chart bursting movie shown at the cinemas. It's real, they are still missing, their parents are still traumatised not knowing when to throw in the towel. "My child is dead is better than my child is missing" so says the ancient Yoruba adage.

We can still join hands with the authorities and make a difference in the lives of these promising children. I'm hopeful...are you?

Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.

This too shall pass...The #ChibokGirls will be rescued by our valiant troops under a resolute leadership and committed populace, who will see beyond the veil of deceit and stand in unity against terror. The influence of a beautiful, helpful, hopeful character of the citizenry is contagious and will surely revolutionalize our collective resolve.

We Can, We Will, We Must be ready to walk in their shoes for at least one day to be able to understand what they've been through in 500Days! #PutYourselfInTheirShoes 

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