The All Progressives Congress, APC, has berated President Goodluck Jonathan for failing to visit Yobe State almost one month after school children were killed by radical Islamist group, Boko Haram, instead, he was busy embarking on “needless” foreign trips, and “campaign rallies” in other states.
The party said the president’s failure to visit Yobe, while finding time for political trips, shows “insensitivity” and provides a morale booster for the insurgents who attacked the students.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohanmed, APC reminded the president that he has not yet visited Yobe state, one month after the dastardly killing of many school children in the state, to commiserate with the government and the bereaved families.
It said the first month of the killings, which is Tuesday, provides yet another opportunity for Jonathan to visit the northeastern state.
APC said since the president’s planned return from his latest trip abroad on Tuesday coincides with the first month of the killings, he should fly straight to Yobe State.
“As we said in our earlier statement on this issue on March 10th, ‘far from being a mere formality, such a visit will provide great succour to the families of the victims, reassure them and other residents of the state that their government has not abandoned them to their fate, and also serve as a morale booster for our gallant troops who are battling the terrorists, against all odds’”, the party said.
The opposition party reminded the president that since the killings, he has hosted what it termed a wasteful centennial celebration, travelled across Nigeria to illegally kick-start his campaign for the 2015 elections and journeyed to Namibia, Italy and The Netherlands, in a needless junketing that belies the massive security problems bedeviling the country.
“Mr. President, charity begins at home. You cannot be engaging in photo-ops abroad when your country is burning”, the party said.
It noted that President Jonathan’s insensitive junketing and law-breaking campaign rallies across Nigeria best illustrate the old saying “Nero fiddling while Rome burns”.
APC, therefore, advised President Jonathan, as the father of the nation and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian armed forces, not to be afraid to visit any part of the country for whatever reason.
“In this case, President Jonathan’s pointed avoidance of Yobe, where the death of innocent school children highlights the senseless nature of the Boko Haram insurgency, is a morale booster of sorts to the cowards who murdered those children.
“If however the president has any reason why he does not want to visit the scene of the gruesome murders to commiserate with the bereaved families, he should tell Nigerians who have continued to wonder why he has been avoiding the state”, the party said.