— Sep 29, 2014
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Jonathan administration of seeking to time the release of the Chibok girls to create a maximum public relations boost for itself, rather than out of a genuine concern for the girls who are now in their sixth month in captivity.
APC is an alliance of the 4 main opposition parties in Nigeria. It was formed a year and a half ago to take on Jonathon in February elections.
‘’Apparently assured, somehow, that the girls were about to be released, the administration had set up an elaborate publicity event in New York, rented the necessary crowd and booked back-to-back interviews with the international media to enable the President to luxuriate in the girls’ release. This event was billed for the five-star Pierre Hotel in Manhattan, close to the UN Headquarters.
‘’Nigerians will remember that on 23 September, the military announced the imminent release of the girls on Twitter, only to retract the statement shortly thereafter.
In the intervening period, thousands of ‘supporters’ of the President had gathered at the Pierre Hotel to welcome the President after the release of the girls, while media interviews had been booked for him.
‘’Such an occasion required prior organisation, and therefore prior knowledge by both the government and attendees of the timing of any release of the girls.
This whole episode, it went on, was timed to also coincide with President Jonathan’s speech to the UN General Assembly on the following day – September 24th – and to secure maximum advantage for his government, adding that the whole plan, somehow, came to nought “to the chagrin of those seeking to exploit the innocent girls for political advantage.”
APC condemned the shameless politicization of the plight of the Chibok girls, saying since the incompetence of the Jonathan administration led to the abduction of the girls in the first instance, it must not seek to make political capital out of their release.
“What should be paramount is securing the release of the girls as soon as possible, not securing their release to fit with a schedule that benefits Goodluck Jonathan politically. For the girls, their parents and indeed all good people of Nigeria, this abduction saga has been a nightmare. It is time for it to end,’’ the party said.
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“We believe the government should do whatever it takes to secure the safe release of the girls. We believe nothing is too much to do to get the girls back home safely and bring the much-needed relief to their parents and families.
“But we suspect the government’s sudden efforts are undoubtedly aimed at giving a boost to President Jonathan’s candidacy for next year’s presidential election.
‘This is most unconscionable, most exploitative and blatantly shameless,” the party said.