The #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) advocacy group has called for the head of presidential aides or officials responsible for the offensive #BringBackGoodluck2015 campaign banners, which sprung up in strategic locations of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Leader of the group, Aisha Yusufu made the call on Wednesday in Abuja during the group’s daily sit-out at the Unity Fountain.
President Goodluck Jonathan in a statement yesterday signed by his spokesman, Reuben Abati, said the #BringBackGoodluck2015 banners were put up without his knowledge or approval even as he affirmed that it was a highly insensitive parody of the #BringBackOurGirls hash tag.
But the BBOG was not satisfied with the president’s explanation, insisting that someone needs to be held accountable and made to pay for the insensitivity meted out on the grieving Chibok parents on their daughters’ abduction by the Boko Haram sect.
The group slammed President Jonathan for waiting until Washington Post took up the issue to react, noting that Nigerians and the Nigerian media had been condemning the banners for so long but he ignored the complaint.
Yusufu said that the group, which is advocating for the return of over 200 girls of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, regard the banners as insensitive and will request that President Jonathan offered an apology to Nigerians and learn to listen to the voice of the people.
Her words, “Ordinarily there should be an apology and for those Government officials that where involved, should resign, I mean that is the right and proper thing to do because this was the height of insensitivity in every ramification that you look at it.
“Parents are grieving and then somebody is using their grief to mock them; it is something that not only should an apology be given but people should resign or be sacked. In this country we need to take responsibility of our actions because that is the worst thing that is really killing us in this country, a lot of people do anything because they know that they will get away with it.
“They are not held accountable for what they have done but people need to be held accountable. Somebody made a mistake and he should pay for it”, she said.