When some unforeseen circumstances occur in Nigeria, the need for a National Identification Number for every Nigerian becomes more glaring.

This is playing out again four years after young girls were abducted from their school’s dormitory in Chibok, Borno State.

Again, Nigerians are being confused by the government, security agencies and then a forum of parents of the missing school girls in Dapchi, Yobe State.

Many numbers have been peddled before Nigerians as the number of girls that were taken by members of Boko Baram from their school on Monday, February 19.

The contradiction started on February 22, when Yobe State Police Commissioner, Abdulmaliki Sunmonu, said 111 school girls were taken from the Government Girls Technical School, Dapchi.

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Since that figure was released, two other figures have followed.

One of them came from the chairman, Forum of Parents of Missing Dapchi girls, Bashir Manzo, and he put the figure at 105.

A day after the figure was released by this forum which had met with a delegation of the Federal Government led by the Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, the government released another figure.

Mr Mohammed told reporters that 110 girls have not been accounted for.

This figure is higher than that given by parents of the girls by five. 

The three figures contradict each other, and this leaves much to worry about, with regard to how correct the figures are.

Who do Nigerians believe?

It is a feeling of deja vu for many Nigerians, but the government is promising that the girls would be rescued even when some of the girls taken on 14 April, 2014 are still missing.

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This further shows the poor management of information between the government and its agencies and then on the other hand, the parents of the girls.

The same process that the previous administration of Goodluck Jonathan handled the information is what is playing out again.

Only time will tell how things play out this time.

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