Very few things surprise me about Nigeria these days and what I am about to write about is surely one of those few that surprise me about my dear country, Nigeria.
I have been a keen follower of past president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan of Nigeria. My support for Mr Goodluck stemmed from the well know drama that ensued following the death of his predecessor, Umaru Musa Yaradua. I was a firm believer in the fact that he must not be denied his constitutional rights, which is the right to become president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, following the demise of Yaradua. I will later support and advocate for his re-election bid in 2011 because he offered a breath of fresh air and he represented a radical deviation from the “godfather politics” that obtains in Nigeria before he came into power – he represented a victory for the constitution and a victory for the ordinary man on the streets whose only defence is his rights as enshrined in the constitution of Nigeria. I have since followed Goodluck on Facebook and continue to do so. I have quietly admired his statesmanship from the electronic space and was quick to commend him for conceding defeat in the election he lost to president Buhari.
However, under his leadership, a few things went wrong notably the abduction of the Chibok girls and the Boko Haram menace. This abduction of the Chibok girls is one event Goodluck was slow to acknowledge and manage satisfactorily. It will take at least 14 days for the Goodluck-led administration to formally acknowledge this abduction and even longer before security outfits sprang into action. The girls would vanish into thin air with hopes of their return becoming thinner by the day.
Some days back, it was great news all around the world that 21 of the girls abducted under Goodluck’s regime have regained their freedom, albeit traumatised and bruised. This news was welcomed by local and international media groups amid great jubilations and tears of joy from the families of the girls as they were reunited with their families.
Now the crux of my post:
The last message on Goodluck’s Facebook page, a page which I continue to watch closely, was one of him paying tribute to some bomb blast victims in Maiduguri, Nigeria – the epicentre of Boko Haram activities. This message was before news of the release of Chibok girls broke. Since news of the release of 21 Chibok girls hit mainstream media, Goodluck has made another post on his Facebook wall. This time offering his condolences for the death of Ken Wiwa Jnr. Curiously, there is no mention of Chibok on his Facebook page. Is it mere coincidence that he has skipped the release of the Chibouk girls or there is more than meets the eyes? Below is a screen grab of events on Goodluck’s Facebook page in the last days.
[Click on image below to make it bigger and clearer. Source Facebook]
“The true nature of a man is always evident in the things he does and in the things he choses to ignore” ~ OIP
Why Goodluck has failed to say a word about the release of these girls remains a mystery. I presume the news is yet to get to him or perhaps he may be waiting another 14 days to be sure the release is not fabricated. Whatever it is that has delayed his statement, I am sure in his good nature and in due course, he will make a statement (as is befitting of the gentle elder statesman that he is), expressing his joy at the release of the Chibok girls. I believe he will join the parents to celebrate the release of these girls: after all he promised to do his best to make sure of the release of these girls whilst he was in power. There is, therefore, no reason he should celebrate the release of these girls in secret, since he cared so much about their release from captivity whilst in power.