Chibok Schoolgirls: APC accuses Jonathan Administration of playing dirty politics

The missing Chibok schoolgirls held captive by Boko Haram

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused the (Goodluck) Jonathan Administration of seeking to negotiate the timing of the release of the Chibok girls to create a maximum public relations boost for itself, rather than out of a genuine concern for the girls who are now in their sixth month in captivity.

In a statement issued in London on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said the clearest evidence of the government’s manipulation of the girls’ release came during President Goodluck Jonathan’s recent visit to New York to attend the UN General Assembly.

”Apparently assured, somehow, that the girls were about to be released, the Administration had set up an elaborate publicity event in New York, rented the necessary crowd and booked back-to-back interviews with the international media to enable the President to luxuriate in the girls’ release. This event was billed for the five-star Pierre Hotel in Manhattan, close to the UN Headquarters.

”Nigerians will remember that on 23 Sept., the military announced, on Twitter, the imminent release of the girls, only to retract the statement shortly thereafter. In the intervening period, thousands of ‘supporters’ of the President had gathered at the Pierre Hotel to welcome the President after the release of the girls, while media interviews had been booked for him.

”Such an occasion required prior organisation, and therefore prior knowledge by both the government and attendees of the timing of any release of the girls. This whole episode was timed to also coincide with President Jonathan’s speech to the UN General Assembly on the following day – Sept. 24th – and to secure maximum advantage for the government. Somehow, the whole process collapsed like a pack of cards, to the chagrin of those seeking to exploit the innocent girls for political advantage,” it said.

APC condemned the shameless politicization of the plight of the Chibok girls, saying since the incompetence of the Jonathan Administration led to the abduction of the girls in the first instance, it must not seek to make political capital out of their release.

”What should be paramount is securing the release of the girls as soon as possible, not securing their release to fit with a schedule that benefits Goodluck Jonathan politically. For the girls, their parents and indeed all good people of Nigeria, this abduction saga has been a nightmare. It is time for it to end,” the party said.

It said the same Jonathan Administration that rebuffed appeals from well-meaning Nigerians to negotiate the release of the girls in their early days in captivity has suddenly swung into feverish action, sending its cronies to negotiate with the abductors and even expressing the readiness to swap the Boko Haram commanders for the girls.

”We believe the government should do whatever it takes to secure the safe release of the girls. We believe nothing is too much to do to get the girls back home safely and bring the much-needed relief to their parents and families. But we suspect the government’s sudden efforts, which is undoubtedly aimed at giving a boost to President Jonathan’s candidacy for next year’s presidential election.

”This is most unconscionable, most exploitative and blatantly shameless. It confirms what we have been saying all along that the Jonathan Administration knows more about the Boko Haram insurgency than it has admitted, and that the Administration is exploiting the insurgency for the President’s re-election. Decent Nigerians are undoubtedly scandalized at this exploitative and deceitful behaviour of their government, and it must stop forthwith,” APC said.


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  • Olusegun Adekoya

    This APC guy is just too funny… d sad part is that some people actually do believe him

    • Okey

      From this London press release, it is beyond doubt that APC wants longer incarceration of the Chibok girls for maximum political “gains” – the language of this press release belies bitterness to the prospects of an early release. Can those “BringBackOurGirls” campaigners read Lai Mohammed’s press release a second time and make their analysis if they are genuine about their cause. For I have started pondering on the reason behind the abduction of the Chibok girls, in the first instance.

      • TRUTH MASTER

        How does that make sense? The summary of APC’s statement, for those who are properly educated, is that the government must work hard to secure the release of the girls without fuss. What is wrong with that sir?

        • Okey

          Read a second time if ever you have the capacity.

      • Efe1

        How does your brain work?

      • King Carlos

        Pondering? Only a wise head can ponder and ponder correctly, I can see that you prefer to read a statement from olisah metuh, until Jonathan drags the country and milk us dry, y’all will still be pondering on the badluck bestowed upon you by the shoeless man from otuoke.

        • Okey

          The day you wish yourself goodluck …….

      • Wähala

        Ask your dull brain, why the secrecy with names of the two Nigerians captured in South Africa for money laundering and the CBN banker who funnels money to BH? If they were APC members, do you think Dumbo would have protected their identities? Like I keep saying… some people should be banned from thinking, you qualify!

        • the truth

          My guy make your point without abusing the gentleman na.remember we all are entitled to our opinions

    • King Carlos

      Sad part? You ever wondered if Lai Muhammed ever concocted any falsehood against the Jonathan administration? Lai Muhammed relies on the misteps, mismanagement and irresponsibility of the Jonathan administration to throw jabs at them. If Jonathan were to be running a good Government, Lai Muhammed would be jobless by now because he will have nothing to say.

      And my advice is the earlier you start believing Lai, the better. Please can you compare him to Olisah Metuh, Reuben Abati, Fani Kayode, Doyin okupe, Labaran Maku ? Lai Muhammed is better than all of them? That’s why when Lai speaks, it takes up to 10 people to respond to him.

      if we don’t appreciate him now, we will in the nearest future.

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  • TRUTH MASTER

    Like a writer said, the biggest problem in Nigeria today is that Nigerians themselves are ready to justify the cluelessness and incompetence of any one or government.

    In any sane society, the Jonathan Administration would have been history by now, impeached for a number of impeachable offences.

    Even then, those who think they have benefitted from this disaster called government, or who have primordial instincts, tell us this is the best thing to happen to Nigeria.

    One day, soon, Nigerians will look back and wonder how they allowed a few fat cats to mislead them.

    • duke ogbuehi

      Join the discussion…Asst. Lai Mohamed

      • TRUTH MASTER

        That’s a mark of honour, thanks

    • King Carlos

      You are absolutely right.

    • Wähala

      the secrecy surrounding the names of the CBN banker, the two no-name Nigerians arrested in South Africa, and the fact that Dr. Dumbo has twice vetoed concluded arrangements meant to free the girls long ago are proof the PDP are behind the abductions and Boko Haram in general. Thanks o’jare for your insight!

  • Ilesanmi Dunjoye

    I believe there are a lot of good people in the APC, but why do they allow this Lai man to speak for the party, because each time Lai speaks the party’s image suffers a serious depreciation. My own understanding of Lai’s release is that these girls would have been released on the 24th Sept. but Lai and his party had to scuttle it so that it would not boost Jonathan and PDP image. This has further lent credence to the general belief that there are BOKO HARAM handlers in the APC.

    • King Carlos

      What are you saying, this is a baseless accusation of the opposition party, thus. How did the APC scuttle the release of the girls? Were they invited to the negotiation table? For your information, Lai Muhammed is a hero of Nigeria’s democracy. He’s one of the few politicians in this country that has consistently been on the throat of this government since inception, he’s the only one that has constantly exposed the shortcomings of the Jonathan administration. If not for Lai Muhammed and the opposition party in general, Nigeria will be worse off by now. Even though he has not been perfect, Most things he warned or talked about eventually came to pass.

      Don’t just criticize Lai Muhammed, listen to him.

  • duke ogbuehi

    Lai has in a way owned up that APC is just making politics with Chibok girls. Perhaps it sponsored both the abduction and BringBackOurGirls campaigns just to discredit GEJ. Now their efforts are failing them, Lai is sore embittered.

    • Wähala

      Whoever sponsors the Boko Haram sponsored the kidnapping…
      If the APC are behind the insurgency, why did ugly Mary Ogar release Alhj. Lai Mohammed after he was arrested in Osun State? Didn’t president Dumbo call BH “ghost”…why is he negotiating with ghosts if you know what you’re saying. Lai did not own up to anything, the Army actually announced that the some girls were released, only to turn around and say they were those who escaped heading to a school in Kaduna. Bumbling blunderers!

  • I Hate Sycophant Truly

    They should stop politicising this issue even the parents of the Chibok girlss had said they should use them as sacrificial lambs and end this political Boko Haram since 2 months ago. Well meaning Nigerians had also been asking government to do prisoners swap but they refused and said that can’t be position but now it’s possible and visible. I just dey look and laugh with my country and all these drama. No wonder some say “politics is a dirty game” what a game truly.

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  • the truth

    Apc has indeed gone crazy.I wonder if anyone vets lie lie Mohammed before he releases this press release.I am really dissapointed by the manner of politics apc the major opposition party is playing.

  • jonah

    ANGRY PEOPLES CONGRESS, they can say anything just to get attention and create headlines Only people who don’t know them will regard them. THEY AMUSE ME

  • ikenna

    Buhari is the king of the north.

  • Gozie

    This is frightening, very much so.i see the slow re-emergence of an agenda of conquest here at the behest of Buhari but they may well know too that times have changed.Its a new day!