by Dare Lawal
Thisday newspaper is reporting that the House of Reps will declare day a mourning day to honour the school kids murdered in cold blood by the outlawed Boko Haram sect.
According to a source close to the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, the move by the House was to collectively identify and commiserate with the parents, people and government of Yobe, Adamawa and Borno States following the recent spate of attacks by Boko Haram which has seen hundreds of innocent civilians killed and their properties worth millions of naira destroyed.
According to the source, “the Speaker, in consultation with principal officers of the House and the generality of the legislators, decided to embark on this special gesture to formally sympathise with the hapless citizens of the beleaguered region.”
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) is still shocked that President Goodluck Jonathan has refused to take time off his schedule to visit Yobe State to commiserate with the bereaved families of the innocent school children of FGC Yobe.
In a statement issued yesterday by APC’s interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said it was totally inconceivable that two weeks after the heart-wrenching killings of more than 29 school children in Yobe State, President Jonathan had not deemed it fit to visit the state.
”There is no other democracy in the world in which that number of school children would be killed and the head of government will carry on with business as usual. Since the killings, President Jonathan has made a national broadcast in which he mentioned the killings only as a footnote, instead of making it the central point of the broadcast.
”Since the killings, the President has presided over a wasteful national celebration in which the drums were rolled out to mark the country’s centenary even as devastated families were still mourning and those injured were reeling from their pains.
”Since the killings, the president has been gallivanting across the country, surreptitiously kick starting his campaign for 2015 under the guise of receiving some inconsequential political jobbers now wearing the tag of defectors. This junketing has taken the president everywhere, including Sokoto, Minna, Ilorin and Onitsha, but he has pointedly avoided Yobe State. To put it mildly, the father of the nation has been practically dancing on the graves of those innocent souls. This is not the stuff of leadership and the president must make amends by visiting Yobe today,” APC said.
APC advised Jonathan to learn from America where the US President Barack Obama flew to Tennessee in January to speak at a high school where students were still reeling from the shooting death of just one of their classmates.
“Also In 2012, President Obama paid a similar visit to Newtown in Connecticut where he met relatives of the 20 school children and eight adults who were shot. These are examples worthy of emulation by President Jonathan,” the party said.
The APC challenged the president to tell Nigerians why he has not or why he would not visit the scene of the gruesome murders.