Buhari Must Not Play The JONATHAN’S Card

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Jeff Okoroafor

Jeff Okoroafor

It was with the best intentions that the people of this nation, both young and old, came out enmass to vote for Buhari and the political party whence he came, to front for the first time, an individual who they believe, will fight corruption and see Nigeria grow to a greater height, in measurable standard with developed nations in the international community. As we speak, many are beginning to lose faith as they feel the President, is too relaxed to make an effective change happen.

The recent report by the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, regarding the 219 abducted Chibok Girls who has been in Boko Haram’s custody since April 14th, 2014, 443 days today, was nothing new from the milestone reports and public statements that the Bring Back Our Girls Advocacy Group issue out every now and then. Everyone, including the government, jumped on the report and began to scamper as if it was the first time they were hearing such and that act alone, borders me to ask, has it now suddenly become a custom, that whenever the international media carries a report about Nigeria, our leader takes it serious, but never for ones have they cared to listen to reports from within? Former President Jonathan repeatedly did this and he paid a good price for that.

For those who recall, in July 2014, Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai met former President Goodluck Jonathan to press for more action to free the Chibok girls held by Boko Haram Islamist militants. Jonathan horridly invited the Chibok Girls parents, promised to visit Chibok Community and issued a public statement in promise to Malala, that he will do all in his power to get them rescued within one month. Before Malala showed up, our advocacy was pressed upon having Jonathan carry out a strong measure to get the girls rescued. Regrettably however, in many instances during that period, such request were met with adversarial responses by the President and Federal Government.

We must be realistic to ourselves, and know that the international media cannot be directing our affairs as if we are disconnected from it. Their reports are completely built based on perspectives and all of the things that they pick up from around the web, put out there by Nigerians. If this is the case, why shouldn’t the government listen to us more, consider our recommendations more and try to figure out how to get whatever issue it is, resolved, in conjunction with those who produced such reports?

President Muhammadu Buhari is slightly and majestically walking into same trap and path that Jonathan walked in, paying more attention to the international community and media, and technically maneuvering our own submissions as well as reports and findings. Jonathan made numerous mistakes, one of which was ignoring advises from the right groups but always quick in accepting from the wrong groups, Buhari should not and must not follow in this step. This card that former President Goodluck Jonathan played and failed, must not be played by President Buhari. The Nigerian people have sacrificed a lot and i think that they deserve the best of government today.

God bless Nigeria!