President Jonathan Must Visit Chibok Bring Back His Credibility – Charles Ofoji

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May 22, 2014 – President Jonathan Must Visit Chibok To Bring Back His Credibility – Charles Ofoji

In serious countries, once a national disaster happens, the President or Prime Minister cancels all official engagements and returns to the capital. And in a matter of hours, the nation or at least the press would be addressed. Unfortunately, the case of Nigeria, as always, is different. Our leaders seem not to understand what governance is.

It took President Goodluck Jonathan three weeks after the Chibok girls were taken into captivity to find his word. As I write, the Commander-in-Chief has not found it necessary to go to Chibok, at least to pat the parents of those missing girls on the back and tell them directly what the government is doing to bring back their children.

Jonathan’s Aide on public affairs, Doyin Okupe was beating around the bush when CNN’s Isha Sesay asked him the simple question on the mind of Nigerians: “when will the President go to Chibok?” If Okupe thought he was defending his boss, his utterances did the president no favours. He ended up rubbishing Jonathan’s image he is paid to polish.

First, he dishonourably denied that there was a plan to visit Chibok. The truth is that there was a plan to go to Chibok, which was later canceled due to what those in the corridors of power see as “security concerns“.
Okupe did not help the president by denying that there was a plan to go to Chibok.

A wise president would normally have gone there since. Certainly, no amount of presidential sympathy can take away the anguish of those Chibok parents. You don’t need to be in their shoes no know that they have not known sleep since their daughters were taken away. Neither have they found the appetite for food. They are presently traumatized. Their lives have been punctuated.

Their trauma can never be taken away by a presidential handshake. However, if Jonathan had gone to see them, it would have be a bold statement that he and the entire country stand by them in their times of trouble.

Okupe gave the impression that Jonathan’s junket to France to honour the invitation of another president took priority over his tasks as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This is very unfortunate. The French President would not have done the same if Jonathan had invited him for a parley. Our leaders love to go to countries, where life seems to be good, but would do nothing to make their own country good.

If Okupe damaged his boss with his poorly thought responses, Jonathan failed to redeem himself when he got the chance while taking questions from the Press after he and other invited presidents from West Africa finished meeting with the French President – in their search to answers to the Boko Haram insurgency.

Responding to a journalist’s question during the so-called Africa Security Summit in Paris, he said his going to Chibok will not bring the girls back. “…..the problem facing the president and indeed the Nigerian government is how to get these girls from where they are.”

It simply illustrates that Jonathan may not be fully aware of his legal and moral duties as president. Just recently when coal mine blasts killed over 200 hundred in western Turkey, the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan went there to condole with the victims’ families, even though he knew, using Jonathan’s logic, that it would not bring their lost ones back. In fact, Erdogan had to cancel his planned official trip to Albania. Unlike Jonathan, he chose his priorities right.

Also President Barack Obama’s response to Hurricane Sandy in 2012 in the East Coast of the United States has become legendary. In fact, some analysts are of the view that it handed him reelection. Using Jonathan’s wisdom, Obama could have refused to show up since it would not have repaired the damage.

Jonathan’s responsibility to visit the crime scene at Chibok and possibly meet with the missing girls’ parents is a paramount moral obligation. The mere fact that he has not gone there and still don’t know when he will go is both a personal (Jonathan) and national embarrassment.

In his desperate search for excuse why he has not visited Chibok, Jonathan argued:” They (girls) are not from one family, they are scattered over a particular local government area, which is made up of so many communities. So there is no family that you will go and visit.” Quite funny.

Does the president want to tell the world that Nigeria, as a country, lacks the capacity to organize something as simple as meeting the parents of the missing girls? The government of Borno state can do this with ease. Also Jonathan’s numerous aides can go to Borno and get the victims’ families together to meet their Oga.

Jonathan, you need to do some serious thinking. Nobody begged you to be president. You offered yourself willingly and you must take seriously the responsibilities of the office you occupy. People who offer themselves for the highest office of the land are great patriots, who love their country so much that they are prepared to die in the service of their fatherland. So, notwithstanding the “security concerns” – real or imagined – whether you like it or not, Mr. President, you must go to Chibok. The earlier you do that the better for your image and that of the country.


11 thoughts on “President Jonathan Must Visit Chibok Bring Back His Credibility – Charles Ofoji

  1. with all write up Charles is oky to me but let me ask according to u the president suppose to there be there (chibok)by now since he didnt got why insisting he shuld go? going to chibok will it bring bk our girls? pls Charles Nigerian need more than just a merely visit that they will spend a billion naira in transport and tea! wht you shld be saying for the president to make his visit to chibok in cash so that they will use it for security improvement than there(Chibok) blcos is too late now lets pray for Nigerian in distress!

  2. GEJ lacks the capacity to be a president of a tough nation like Nigeria
    He is better off as the president of little ghana

    • if GEJ lacks the capacity to be the President of Nigeria, they should give u chance to show ur capability when u cannot even lead ur family

  3. As a matter of fact visiting chibok has nothing to do with the release of our girls and where the boko haram’s are is not solution right now.
    The solution is how our girls would be release from boko haram’s bondage.
    Please, Nigerians let help ourself, the president and his body are trying their best.
    Who is boko haram’s if the informat give a way, there is bad among the apple, please stop promoting them.
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  4. As a matter of fact visiting chibok has nothing to do with the release of our girls and where the boko haram’s are is not solution right now.
    The solution is how our girls would be release from boko haram’s bondage.
    Please, Nigerians let help ourself, the president and his body are trying their best.
    Who is boko haram’s if the informat give a way, there is bad among the apples, please stop promoting them.
    * 08038433483 #

  5. e no mata weda oga jonaa de visit chibok or not wetin mata na to bring an idea how our pikin go comot from those bastard. abeg oga charry everybody online need ur solution. a tree cannot make a forest !

  6. Stupid write up by charles ofoji. A plot to have our president assassinated. Maybe u re craving for war because we ll definited fight back.

  7. It is obvious to every dick & harry that nigeria is a failed state , @ mr charls , u should be able to analyse & get ur facts correct , there are many reasons i wouldn’t like to compare the visit of turkish prime minister and that of obama as u mentioned to that of goodluck not visiting chibok (1) these are european and american countries (2) the chibok community issue is a terrorist related attack (3) the security report he got from those tasked with security matters is not encouraging, u and i know what some persons said after the 2011 elections . It has also been alleged that most of the soldiers are bokoharams , i think he doesn’t know who to trust or rely on in the army

  8. pls the question is will the president going to chibok bring back our girls? this is no longer funny all that our forfathers faught for is now in vain, only God can save nigeria. Pls this unknown people shld bring back our girls they are young and innocent

  9. If a farmer planed to cultivate a groundnut farm and latter changes his mind does rats and mice have right to take him to court?? Are u part of those that want him to be killed by ur bombing perpetrating that turned northern part of Nigeria to pakistan

  10. To me this is just pure cultism. BH is part of the government and for any event to be a success, blood must be shed few days before the event. May 29 Democracy day is fast approaching lets wait and see, mass blood will be shed just before the day.

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