Leadership (Abuja)

24 March 2014

Nigeria: Be Brave, Visit Yobe, APC Tells Jonathan

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has advised President Goodluck Jonathan, as the father of the nation and commander-in-chief of the armed forces, not to be afraid to visit any part of the country, especially Yobe State which suffered a massive attack by insurgents last month.

In a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohanmed, the party reminded the President that he had not yet visited Yobe State one month after the dastardly killing of many schoolchildren in the state, to commiserate with the government and the bereaved families.

APC noted that since the president's planned return from his foreign trip on Tuesday coincides with one month of the killings, he take the opportunity of the timing and fly straight to Yobe to sympathise with the victims.

APC reminded the president that since the killings, he has hosted 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 facing the country.

It said: "Mr President, charity begins at home. You cannot be engaging in photo-ops abroad when your country is burning," he said.

"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."

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