Abuja - The opposition All Progressives Congress criticised President Goodluck Jonathan for embarking on campaign exercise at a time the country was mourning the death of victims of the bomb blast outside Abuja.
APC said he was exhibiting the traits of an "insensitive" and "utterly hardhearted" leader.
"The message that President Jonathan is sending to Nigerians is that keeping his plum job, at all cost, is more important to him than the security and welfare of the same people who voted him into office. Otherwise, the President would not have rushed back to his illegal campaign trail at a time he should be leading the nation in mourning the dead," APC stated on Wednesday.
"A President who said his ambition is not worth the blood of anyone is now dancing gleefully on the graves of over 70 of his compatriots. What is so important about the illegal campaign stop in Kano on Tuesday that could not have waited for the smoke to clear from the scene of the deadly blast on Monday? Who will President Jonathan rule over when his countrymen and women are being daily mowed down under his watch?"
APC said President Jonathan erred badly by not showing enough sympathy for the victims of Monday's blast.
"More people died in the blast than from Kenya's mall shooting last September, yet President Uhuru Kenyatta declared three days of national mourning during which flags at public buildings flew at half mast and the people of Kenya prayed for the dead and the injured."
The blast on Monday, which killed more than 70 people, was the latest in a series of attacks that have claimed thousands. The attacks have been blamed on the Islamist Boko Haram sect.
"How can a President whose failure of leadership has led to the untimely deaths of 1,500 mostly civilians in the hands of terrorists this year alone be so numb to the fate and plight of those who voted him into office? Or how else does one describe the action of a President who was in a celebratory mood in Kano on Tuesday, even when the surviving victims are still writhing in pain in various hospitals, the bodies of the victims are still lying cold in the morgue and the fate of dozens of abducted school girls remains unknown," APC queried.
It was reported on Tuesday that 200 school girls have been abducted by Boko Haram in Borno.
- CAJ News
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