General Chris Olukolade Is A Reckless Liar

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General Chris Olukolade Is A Reckless Liar

In countries where the word “democracy” is what it is, where government actually belongs to the people, ran by the people and for the people, General Chris Olukolade would not still have retained his office after publicly embarrassing himself and the nation not once not twice, but thrice in less than two months.

Yesterday, Tuesday the 23rd of September 2014, a cross-section of Nigerians couldn’t contain their excitement when news of the release of the schoolgirls found its way online and on-air with a link to Brig. Gen. Chris Olukolade, the Director of Defence Information. Virtually every household triggered their happy mood signal for such a long awaited news. As a matter of fact, Reno Omokri, one of President Jonathan’s aides joined the celebration on twitter. He let out several tweets to this regard shortly before attempting deletion but smart, faster Nigerians intercepted the some of the tweets. That’s how far the recklessness can get.

The General today blatantly denied making such a statement, something that was caught on tape. Months ago, the Nigerian Military High Commission had also said it had secured the release of the abducted girls only to retract the statement the following day. The Federal Government also denied that it is in talk with the terrorist sect to release the girls even though Stephen Davies, the Australian negotiator has said he was contracted by the Federal Government to engage with Boko Haram for that purpose before negotiations broke down.

On the 14th of April 2014, tragedy struck and a large number of schoolgirls from Chibok Community in Borno State, were abducted from the comfort of their hostels by armed Islamic terrorist group known as Boko Haram. One hundred and sixty-four days after they are yet to be rescued by the Nigerian government despite several windows of opportunities that was and still, left opened to her, an act that sparked off a global campaign with a twitter hashtag that says #BringBackOurGirls. A hashtag that have so far gathered over 582 million tweets worldwide.

Repeatedly, both past and present government in Nigeria have continued to show that the country is a place where anything and everything wrong goes. No one or group, or office takes responsibilities of the various atrocities and sacrilegious activities going on in Nigeria today. The government feel relaxed just as much as the people feel relaxed about anything and everything. They are all taking it cool even when they clearly know that danger smells ahead with the pattern for which things are going. Gen. Chris Olukolade is not a small man in the military, his title alone is a self display of gallantry and intelligence so the question is, why is he making a jest of himself and the entire people of this great nation?

Nigerians have moved passed the days of lackadaisity, whatever script Gen. Olukolade is playing, he must understand that the earlier he add some level of sensibility to it, the better for him.