Abuja — THE main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has challenged President Goodluck Jonathan to visit Yobe, one of the states worst affected by terror attacks.
The opposition party said as the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, the President should not to be afraid to visit any part of the country for any reasons.
In a statement issued in Lagos at the weekend 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 killing of many schoolchildren in the state, to commiserate with the government and the bereaved families.
“It said the first month of the killings, which is Tuesday, provides another opportunity for the President to visit the state,” the party said.
The opposition party said since the President’s planned return from his latest foray abroad on Tuesday which coincides with the first month of the killings, he should fly straight to Yobe.
“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 opposition party also claimed that the President had hosted a “wasteful centennial celebration, traveled 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.”
“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.
“Mr President, charity begins at home. You cannot be engaging in photo-ops abroad when your country is burning.”