The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said President Goodluck Jonathan’s aborted trip to Chibok is symptomatic of his Administration’s policy flip-flop in the fight against the terror group Boko Haram, hence it did not come as a surprise to close watchers of the administration.
In a statement issued in Lagos,at the weekend, by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said, just as the Jonathan Administration has bungled the fight against the sect, it has exhibited sheer cluelessness in handling the abduction of the school girls.
“With his utterances and actions or inaction, President Jonathan has deepened the pains of the parents and guardians of the girls, and indeed that of the whole nation, when he should have been the consoler-in-chief at such a difficult time for a nation he leads,’’ it said.
APC said to worsen matters, the administration has resorted to lying to Nigerians, saying the President never planned to visit Chibok in the first instance, even when it has been widely reported in the local and international media that the President’s advance team had landed in Borno state before the presidential volte face.
The party said the President himself made his lying aides to look squeaky clean when he told the world’s media that he did not go to Chibok because the girls are not being held there and also because the trip will not lead to their release.
“This statement shows that President Jonathan does not understand the demands of his office, and that in good/bad times, he is to be seen and heard as the lead celebrant/lead consoler for his compatriots. His statement is the most pedestrian justification of a presidential faux pas ever.