If you were kidnapped, yes you, gi nwa onye m bu n’obi, gi nwa bu ezi oyi m, if you were kidnapped
I would be very pained
I would be bothered and be downright uncomfortable
Tears would spring to my eyes and spill down my cheeks at the thought of your torment
I would worry endlessly about you, I would wonder if you had been harmed,
If you were in pain or if you had been tortured
Situations would revolve in my mind and I would picture you in them all
If I heard you were kidnapped, I would ask, why, who and what for?!
If I was told boko haram took you, I would shake my head and wear a straight face
I would shout, mba! Nkea akali go!
I would scream for your return
I would petition the government and security agencies to demand action
I would call on all human rights groups to fight for your rescue
If you were kidnapped, I would understand the pain your parents would feel
I would feel their heartache, their sorrow and their loss
I would feel their confusion, their hurt and their despair at their sad lot
I would feel their pain as keenly as if they were my own parents searching for me
I would call up your parents, sit with them, cry with them, say words to make them feel better
If you, my friend, were kidnapped, I would never forget
I love you, you are a part of me, I wouldn’t take your loss kindly
I would do all in my power to get you back
To make sure that memories of you never fade
I would always listen for news of you
I would attempt anything and everything to get you back
Your memory will never be lost, not to my other interests, not to epidemics, not to other cares and worries
If you were kidnapped, I would want you back
I would want you back because you are precious, because you are priceless, because you are an important piece of me
I would do all these for you my good friend,
If some females in some obscure part of the country were kidnapped
I would not be bothered, of what use are they to me pray tell?
My passion to bring back missing people only extends to people whose loss affects me!
Any other person, I will forget!
Note: “Gi nwa onye m bu n’obi” – “You that is dear to my heart”. “Gi nwa bu ezi oyi m” – “You that is my good friend”. “Mba, nkea akali go” – “No, this is too much”