The President That Never Came: My Report!

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They came out in their reds, re-organized and re-strategized their pattern of march, and reminded themselves that they are not troubling groups but civilized Nigerians who seek an audience with their Commander-in-Chief, regarding the abducted PRINCESSES of Chibok Community. At exactly 3:15pm, the #AbujaFamily of #BringBackOurGirls movement marched, guided by men of the Nigerian police and volunteered professional security guards, singing the SOLIDARITY song and ‘bring back our girls’ campaign chant (#BringBackOurGirls, Now and Alive).

Their hope was that the president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, the supreme magnanimous lordship of Nigeria, will be waiting to receive them as he was given a prior notice to their arrival. But instead, they were greeted first by heavy armed guards (48 of them, according to my count) who lined themselves up in the pathway, holding hands to bridge the distance. Countless Police and Police patrol vehicles as well as guns were staring this group of Nigerians in the face with their commander, Mbu J. Mbu, standing right there waiting for the daring act of the #AbujaFamily.

The maturity exhibited by this group that was led by Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, was nothing short of REMARKABLE. They defeated the violently prying eyes wishing to descend on them at the slightest sign of forcefulness.

The Minister of FCT, minister of state for FCT, minister of women affairs, senior special adviser on Job Creation, senior special adviser on public affairs, the Secretary General of the federation, the minister of information, were the ones who came to receive and address the group, perhaps onbehalf of Mr President. I said perhaps because when they were asked who the representative of Mr President was, they couldn’t tell until Pius Ayim Pius said it should be seen as “a delegate of ministers and senior special advisers’. Imagine the child’s play!



The group reeled out 10 most important questions to the delegates, questions they prepared for the Commander in Chief, questions generated by ordinary Nigerians. Five members of the group also gave an account of their 23 days involvement since the abduction of this girls. In response, these delegates who represented the president, read out an already prepared response that doesn’t in any way match the questions asked. Something that made me to now believe that the question the government is answering, no one is asking and the one people are asking, they are not answering. The crux of the matter is that the group, despite the treatment they received, vowed to carry on until the girls are return alive to their parents.

If there’s anyone out there who still think that organized groups in Nigeria get’s the right attention as compared to rioting, mayhem striking group, the outcome of yesterday’s #AbujaFamily of #BringBackOurGirls movement to the Villa, was your answer.