by Paul Otuonye
Twenty-four hours after the deadly terrorist attack on the city of Abuja in which Boko Haram used suicide bombers to hit a busy market and a police station in Kuje, and an even busier bus station, Nyanya, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari did not deem it fit to either visit the scene of the attacks or to reach out to the victims of this wicked acts.
And it is even made worst by the defeaning silence of our dear Nigerian moralists especially those on Social Media platforms who lampooned the past administration, whose effort was seen to have made some progress in the fight against insurgency.
These herds of irrational minds made so much jest of the efforts of the past government deriding every genuine move to curb these menace to the barest minimum and nip it in the bud. All sorts of name were labeled on the President then – clueless, toothless bulldog, inept, drunkard, ogogoro drinker, etc.
Fast forward to today. Buhari is in the saddle as the C-In-C. And with his famous campaign promises of which was to wipe out Boko Haram in the next 2months.. Here we are, Boko Haram has grown more balls and is more daring, going on a killing spree. It would interest you to note that since Buhari came in as President,not fewer than 1000+ innocent lives has being lost on the account of these murderous sect. This is less than 6 months.
One would have expected a loud cry from these champions of “CHANGE” agents to condemn this killings and demand the government of the day protect Nigerians with a sincere responsibility and a responsive steps.
Instead, we saw some sick minds, who turned conspirational theorists overnight, spinning the unbelievable to their gullible followers. Instead, we were told Goodluck Ebele Jonathan didn’t do much to obliterate Boko Haram. These lots would rather engage in buck passing of responsibility to the past administration than demand President Buhari sit up to his constitutional duty of protecting lives and property.
Unless and only when we the citizenry,honestly task our leadership and Buhari inclusive to wake up to their responsibilities,our quest for a better Nigerian society would be a mirage.
This is not about Buhari,it is about Nigerians..
Paul Otuonye is a social activist and a public commentator.
The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.