Over 300 days have passed since the mass kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls drew world’s attention, transfixed this nation and sparked a hashtag, #BringBackOurGirls.
As the 2015 general election approaches, neither of Nigeria’s two favourable candidate have spent much time talking about the girls in stump speeches.
They tend to be taking their cues from the ordinary Nigerians.
Voters polled tend to complain about corruption, joblessness and daily blackouts far more than the students’ fate.
And yet every afternoon, a dwindling corps of protesters, a fraction of the crowd that used to gather here, still shuffles onto a highway median to once more remind Africa’s largest democracy that 219 of those girls remain missing.
This week, on the 301st day of their captivity, about 40 demonstrators held their daily vigil on the grass under a banner that read “Bring Back Our Girls.”
“Even my own people have given up,” said Victor Ibrahim Garba, a protest leader who represents the girls’ families. Many of the parents, he added, now want the air force to bomb the forests where Boko Haram is likely keeping their daughters. “People are saying bring back the dead bodies so that we can bury our dead.”