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HUSBAND??? By Edith C. Yassin

Through information gathered from the media, it might be safe to deduce that Ruth Pogu and Saraya Musa Mutah have regained their freedom after over 7 years in Boko Haram captivity.

110 #ChibokGirls are still in captivity, abducted from their school dormitory on the 14th of April 2014.

LeahSharibu taken from her school in Dapchi is still captive.

It is therefore triggering to see reports where their captors are referred to as husbands.

Their captors are terrorists.
Their captors are criminals.
Their captors are slave drivers.

Their captors are members of a deadly terror group that has engaged the Armed Forces of Nigeria in war, for over 12 years.

Their captors are NOT HUSBANDS.

These terrorists have a war economy that thrives in gun running, illegal taxation, drug trafficking, human trafficking and sex slavery.

These sons of Nigeria abducted the daughters, nieces, cousins, of other sons of Nigeria.
It is cruel.
It is evil.
It is wicked.

Several fathers have died from heartbreak.
Many have developed life threatening ailments.

It is therefore brutal to refer to any of these abductors as husband.

A HUSBAND is a legitimate partner.
A celebrated spouse.
A bringer of joy and support.

There is no religion, tribe or creed that will confer the title of HUSBAND on this violence and abuse of Nigeria’s daughters.

Media reportage should be more circumspect and words must be chosen carefully.

Careless, insensitive use of words can confer nuances that benefit perpetrators of sexual violence to the detriment of victims. The female victim suffers a hundredfold when her captor and abuser is referred to as HUSBAND.

Welcome home Ruth.
Welcome home Saraya.

May you get all the help you need.
May Nigeria not continue to fail you.



Edith C. Yassin, a member of BBOG, broadcast journalist writes from Abuja.

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