Abuja - The opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) has expressed mixed feelings over President Goodluck Jonathan’s directive to remove the #BringBackJonathan campaign banners.
While it welcomed the move, APC said the President made a “mockery” of his administration and his country by waiting for an international condemnation of the “shameless and brazen usurpation” of the #BringBackOurGirls hash tag before issuing the directive for it to stop.
“'Had the US newspaper Washington Post not written a stinging editorial skewing the Jonathan Administration for appropriating the BringBackOurGirls hash tag for his re-election, the administration would have continued its brazenness without regards to the feelings of the parents of the girls or indeed the Nigerian people,” APC National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, said.
He said again, the administration had waited for a “global opprobrium” before doing what was right.
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“Recall that it took an international media campaign before the Jonathan Administration acknowledged, after all of 19 days, that the Chibok girls were missing in the first instance. Recall also that it took a 17-year-old, Yousafzai Malala, to make the President realize that he should meet with the parents of the girls, even if he eventually insulted the grieving parents by inviting them to Abuja instead of going to visit them in their abode? It is important that we don't make a mockery of our own people, so that we don't become an object of international mockery,''
APC said while belated, the President's directive on #BringBackJonathan hash tag, it was a good first step that must be quickly followed by another directive ordering the so-called Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) to immediately stop its rallies.
“'Nigeria is in a state of war, a state of anarchy, a state of loss never witnessed since the end of the unfortunate civil war in 1970. Terrorists are capturing towns after towns and hoisting their flags over the seized territories. Our troops are engaged in an epic battle to ward off the terrorists. Our people are being daily slaughtered by the marauding terrorists. And Ebola is very much here with us.
"Therefore, this cannot be the time for festivities and celebrations, the type being orchestrated by the government under the TAN banner. The rallies insult the troops who are battling Boko Haram.”
– CAJ News