Nigeria sometimes reads like a fiction novel with unbelievable tragedies that no longer shock. Boko Haram sometimes kills hundreds of people in a day, but the next day, life moves on as if Nigerians no longer feel or react to pain.
The Chibok girls abducted in Borno State almost two years ago remain missing, but the campaign to brink them back has long died. Life has moved on. Nigerians have moved to another story.
The latest story of 14-year-old Ese Oruru and the travail of her parents over the past six months have caused an outrage on the social media and beyond.
As local newspaper, The Punch, reported on Monday, the story started in August 2015, when Ese, then 13, was abducted by a man called Yinusa and taken to the nortbern Nigerian city of Kano, where he converted her to Islam and shamelessly married her.
Ese’s mother, Mrs. Rose Oruru, a food vendor in Opolo, Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa, told the newspaper Yinusa was a longstanding customer.
“Since August 12 when her parents made the shocking discovery, trips to Kano, the involvement of the police and efforts to get the Emir of Kano, Mallam Lamido Sanusi, at whose palace the girl is believed to be held to resolve the matter and ensure the return of the 14-year-old to her parents have failed.
While her mother was told that Ese had converted to Islam and, therefore, was no longer her daughter, her father was told that his daughter was an 18-year-old adult and not 14, hence she was “capable of making decisions for herself,” The Punch said.
News of the family’s travails as a result of the sordid development has angered many Nigerians with many of them calling for her immediate release and the prosecution of those involved.
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