Let us consider the equation of democracy. The government of the people by the people for the people. Thus, the government of the people is accountable to the people. Lest the government obligated to serve the people forget their responsibility because they inhabit the intoxicating corridors of power, they must be reminded, that they are stewards of the people and have a sworn obligation to protect and serve. Therefore, who should be blamed when the country’s children are kidnapped from their school in the middle night, especially when the kidnapping was a foreseeable event, communicated unequivocally in advance by the captors. Who will be blamed when the apparatus of the government, in the wake of the kidnapping, proclaimed that the kidnapping was a hoax thereby squandering valuable time, which otherwise, could have been employed towards a rescue mission. Who will we blame when an international ridicule is made of the country through the spectacle purportedly lamenting the kidnapping of the children.
Should we blame the mothers who lament the loss of their children,
Should the blame be that of the fathers that gnash their teeth,
Or the communities, devastated by the carnage of brutality
Violently uprooting innocence and hope from their midst.
Or should we lay the blame at the feet of the children, who in innocence
Sought advancement through education and the pursuit of dreams,
And now, violated, alienated from hope, are haunted by grim despair.
Nay, we will and should blame the government for the colossal ineptitude.
And how, with callous irony, lies the audacity of the machinery of power, that
Fails its people and then criticizes its people for seeking accountability.