Yobe attack: Jonathan should explain to Nigerians why he is yet to visit …

| March 12, 2014

imageThe All Progressives Congress, APC, has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to visit Yobe State to commiserate with the bereaved families of the school children who were massacred by Boko Haram members last month.

The party wondered why Jonathan has refused to visit the crisis-ridden state two weeks after the killings of more than 29 school children.

The party stated this in a statement by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in Lagos on Monday.

According to the APC, a visit by the President will provide succour to the families of the victims, reassure them as well as residents of the state, that their government has not abandoned them to their fate.

According to the statement, “There is no other democracy in the world in which that number of school children will be killed and the head of government will carry on with business as usual.

“Since the killings, President Jonathan has made a national broadcast in which he mentioned the killings only as a footnote, instead of making it the central point of the broadcast.

“Since the killings, the President has presided over a wasteful national celebration, in which the drums were rolled out to mark the country’s centenary even as devastated families were still mourning and those injured were reeling from their pains.”

The party also urged the President to take a cue from what obtained in other countries, especially in the US after which Nigeria modelled its democracy.

“In January 2014, US President, Barack Obama flew to Tennessee, where he spoke at a high school where students were still reeling from the shooting to death of just one of their classmates.

“In 2012, President Obama paid a similar visit to Newtown in Connecticut, where he met relatives of the 20 school children and eight adults who were shot. These are examples worthy of emulation by President Jonathan” it said.

The APC further challenged the President to explain to the people of Nigerian why he has refused to visit Yobe state.

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