All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Organisation reminded President Goodluck Jonathan that his continued promises and sending emissaries are not enough to comfort the families of the over 200 female students of the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok village, Borno state who were kidnapped in April last year by members of Boko Haram.
In a statement released, the Director of Media and Publicity of the APC Campaign Organisation, Garba Shehu said that President Jonathan has made so many promises and pledges about bringing back the girls that the families of the girls no longer feel comforted.
Garba Shehu noted that nearly a year since the girls were abducted from their school, all that Nigerians have had since then was nothing but failed promises and dashed hopes.
“The government began by claiming that some of the girls were rescued, to doubting that the girls were missing, to declaring that they had been sighted in Sambisa Forest, to alleging that a ceasefire and hostage release agreement had been reached with Boko Haram.”
“It has been one long, roller-coaster emotional ride for the parents and families of the girls and Nigerians.”
Garba Shehu asked President Jonathan to take a moment and imagine that it was one of his own children who had been kidnapped and missing for almost a year.
“No amount of money disbursements or promises or emissaries would assuage the pain and extinguish the torment.
“All that those poor parents need at this time is to have their children back with them.”
He regretted the initial two-week delay during which President Jonathan said absolutely nothing immediately after the girls were kidnapped, saying: “valuable time was lost then. We cannot afford to still be dilly dallying.
“This is one of those times when action is supposed to speak louder than words.” [myad]