The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) has condemned President Goodluck Jonathan’s decision to jet out to the United Nations’ Earth Summit in Brazil in view of the insecurity and violence at home, describing it as “irresponsible executive aloofness.”
Drawing attention to the eruption of violence in parts of Kaduna and Yobe States in the past few days, including subsequent reprisal attacks that have led to a death toll of about 74, CPC said this was not the time for frivolous travels by the country’s leader.
“While we accept that the President got the mandate to act always in the best interest of the state, including attending global meetings within the framework of essential diplomacy, however, it must be stressed that such diplomatic shuttles must conform to humane, ethical and urbane standards of responsible leadership,” it said in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Rotimi Fashakin.
It noted that the atmosphere of gloom in Nigeria is now further darkened by the perceptible sense of angst that citizens wear as they mourn their mindlessly murdered fellow countrymen, a situation now exacerbated with reprisal killings and maiming that may well may well require extraordinary use of Executive Powers.
At a time such as this, and for a conference that a minister of environment can conveniently handle, CPC described Jonathan’s departure for Brazil as “akin to a head of family leaving his home still consumed by a raging inferno but finds it convenient to attend a village meeting on cleanliness of the village square.”