By Chris Onuoha
Professor Bruce Onabrekpeya, a renowned sculptor, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to fast-track his efforts toward the release of the abducted Chibok girls by the Boko Haram insurgents.
While lauding the President in his effort so far, he said there’s a need to quicken the process to save the young girls and bring succour to their parents.
The foremost Nigerian art icon made the call during a speech at an art exhibition sponsored by Greenhouse Art Empowerment Center Olambe, Ogun State, as he presented an installation work dedicated to the Chibok girls, entitled,’Sambisa Forest.’
In his statement directed to Chibok girls, he said: “This is to let you know that our spirits are there with you in the Sambisa forest where you have been suffering for a period of 510 days.”
As grand parents, parents,brothers and sisters, friends, citizens of Nigeria and the world, we share your pains. We pray daily for your release from the forbidden forest. I feel intensely what you are going through because I too was kidnapped as a child during the Ekene festival but was miraculously rescued before being taken away into the forest. I dedicate the Installation called ‘Sambisa Forest’ to you.”
According to Onabrekpeya, “it is a prayer to the supreme Intelligence of your existence. In the picture, protesting mothers parade behind totems which represent you girls, the armed insurgents-denied or delayed laurels and most important, the empowerment which you will receive at the end of your travails,” he said.