Dapchi Girls And The Red Carpet Reception
Nigeria News takes a look at the visits of President Muhammadu Buhari to some of the violent states and how his reception turned into a political rally.
What’s wrong with us as a people? Why are we dancing on the grave of the innocents? Why do we treat values with disdain? Where is our sense of empathy?
These were the questions that flew into my mind as I watched President Muhammadu Buhari walking on a red carpet during his visit to Damaturu and Dapchi in Yobe State.
I do not have a case with Buhari for a second but it pains me when people act foolishly. I am not perfect either but I did not expect a red carpet for Mr President in Yobe.
I am very sure that Mr President would not have expected red carpet but he got it in a state that is devastated by the abduction of 110 innocent schoolgirls.
Muhammadu Buhari got a heroic welcome from residents, including pupils during his visit and one began to ask if the students of the Government Girls Science and Technical School were really kidnapped by the Boko Haram insurgency as claimed.
If not for the harrowing look of the parents of the kidnapped children, the atmosphere around Buhari’s visit looked more like a political jamboree.
It looks like the president is out to test his popularity and public acceptance in the violent ridding states. A few weeks ago, Mr President was with other political elites at the wedding of Idris, the son of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and the Daughter of Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje while the parents of the Dapchi girls prayed fervently for the return of their children.
Buhari’s condolence visit to Plateau where scores had been killed; to Taraba where hundreds had been killed; Zamfara and Benue where hundreds were killed reflected jubilation rather than somberness.
He raised his voice in Taraba to condemn the aggression of the herdsmen, adding that any herdsman caught with AK47 or any other type of gun should be arrested and prosecuted.
A few days after he made the pronouncement, a group of protesters identified some killer herdsmen and reported to the police, nothing was done to apprehend the herders. To the protesters, a faith-based group, the police had compromised and would not arrest any herder.
In Benue, President Muhammadu Buhari lamented how the Inspector General of Police flouted his official directive and allowed more deaths of innocent men, women and children in Benue.
Amazed by the president’s comment that he responded better to the abduction of Dapchi girls than his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan did to the abduction of Chibok schoolgirls.
Despite the response, none of the Dapchi girls has been found, including scores of the Chibok schoolgirls that are still in the custody of their abductors.
Disturbed by the red carpet reception for Buhari in Yobe, Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka lamented that the society could go as low as hailing the president that has no clue of how to rescue the innocent girls.
He called on the president to stop shedding crocodile tears but wake up from his slumber and rescue the pupils. A civil right activist, Mr Femi Aborisade could not hide his anger. He criticized the red carpet reception for Mr President in Yobe, describing the scenario as an abuse of peoples’ culture.
To the perpetual critic of the president, the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, a red carpet for Buhari in Yobe is absurd and it shows that the president’s visit was not for condolence but a political rally.