Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, has said that part of the reasons why the needless Boko Haram crisis has festered was due the to failure of President Goodluck Jonathan-led Federal Government, to show leadership, as he had stayed away from the affected parts of the country, since the crisis started in 2009 for fear of his safety.
The party, however, hailed the progressive state governors, under the aegis of All Progressives Congress, APC, who visited Borno State last week, saying their pace-setting, courageous and compassionate action was a boost to the country’s unity and a blow to anarchists.
National Publicity Secretary of ACN, Mr. Lai Mohammed, in a statement, yesterday, said by their action, the governors had reassured the people of Borno and Yobe states, which are mostly affected by the Boko Haram crisis, that their fellow Nigerians had not abandoned them to their fate.
He said: “The Federal Government in general and to President Jonathan in particular, the message conveyed most succinctly by the visit is simple: No part of Nigeria should be a no-go area, especially for the President and the Commander-in-Chief.
‘’Part of the reasons this needless Boko Haram crisis had festered was that the President in particular had failed to show leadership. By staying away from the affected parts of the country since the crisis started in 2009 for fear of his safety, and also receding behind the safe walls of Aso Rock fortress to celebrate independence anniversaries, the President has unwittingly emboldened the anarchists, who have killed and maimed thousands.
‘’When Presidents in other lands defy terrorists, it is not that they don’t care about their own safety, but that they simply want their compatriots to know that whatever fate befalls them was shared by their leaders. That was why President George Bush of the US flew to Iraq in the heat of the insurgency there, and President Barack Obama also of US travelled to Afghanistan even amid threats. By the way, both places are thousands of kilometres from the United States.”