Abducted schoolboys: Presidency makes mockery of citizens concern over insecurity in Nigeria

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As policy and style of 9news Nigeria news room, our reports are always discussed amongst Editors before it’s ditched out to our readership.

9news Nigeria is a “bomber to bomber” followers of President Muhammadu Buhari Media Aides on all sections of the social media.

Some hours ago, it was another conference call drawing the attention of News Editors on Femi Adesina official Facebook page, where this Senior colleague sounded like a comedian poorly paid to make an audience happy, but he rather got them Walk away been disappointed of an irritating comedy.

No, no, no Adesina, this Press Statement is not Presidential in anyway.
“Is Femi Adesina now a cartoonist or the mouthpiece of the President?”, a colleague asked.

Press Statement from this echelon and the Presidency for that matter, the conscience of our country, the portrait of all Nigerians, the very essence we entrusted you the power to lead us, should be responsible. This is the assessment of another News Editor.

Adesina, your Press Statement should be responsible, with utmost intent and purpose to bridge the gap of disunity, it should be void of animosity, provocation, void of rancour, settling scores but well encapsulated in an administrative seriousness and having no scintilla of jest, comedy like what you wrote.

And because he wrote just to please the moment, repeatedly he said Leah Sharibu was abducted in Dapchi in Yobe in February 2018, meanwhile the Christian girl was abducted in Chibok, Borno State in April 2014.

Femi Adesina has become very unserious with his job in recent times. Why using a Presidential Press Statement to settle scores with individuals? Why using Presidential Press Statement to mock those who were/are entitled to their own opinion as concerned citizens.

Kindly be Presidential and not a town cryer.

Buhari government rescued the abducted school boys, yes that’s true. But what’s is the news about that? Is that not what he swore he will do? Is that not one of the rules of his engagement?

9news Nigeria readership bellow is Mr President’s mouthpiece lullaby:


“Permit me to use the popular lingo now in town in the headline of this piece. I hear the younger generation talk of las las, when they speak of a final situation or position. If anyone is restive over a matter, and they want to say he will be fine at last, they just say: he will be fine las las”.

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“The same will happen to enemies of our country, who rejoice when negative things happen in the polity. They will lose las las, and then be gentle by force, as Nigeria is God’s project. It is bigger than anyone, and no matter the antagonism they have to government of the day, no matter the antipathy they have for the President, and for other people serving the country, they will lose las las. And become gentle. By force”.

“This came out in bold relief last week, as the abduction saga of over 300 schoolboys of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State, came to a positive denouement.

A fortnight ago, when President Muhammadu Buhari proceeded to his hometown in Daura, Katsina State, on a well deserved one week private visit, an uncanny kind of welcome was given to him by bandits long troubling different parts of the country. They spirited away over 300 schoolboys, and began to make all sorts of demands of government, before the boys could be released”

“The development gave us a sense of deja vu. In April 2014, an equally large number of schoolgirls had been kidnapped from a school in Chibok, Borno State, by Boko Haram insurgents. Till today, the girls are not fully recovered.

Also in February 2018, another abduction of scores of schoolgirls took place at Dapchi, Yobe State. Eventually, almost all the girls were recovered, save for Leah Sharibu, who was reportedly held back because she refused to renounce her Christian Faith. Horrendous. Despicable”.

“Now , while there are similitudes between Chibok, Dapchi, and Kankara, the significant difference is the response by the different governments in power. When Chibok occurred, the then Goodluck Jonathan-led government demurred. They balked. They said no abduction happened, and that it was an attempt at negative propaganda by the then party in opposition, the All Progressives Congress (APC), to get power.

By the time government wisened up, the abductors had gone far, and the trail was cold. They couldn’t recover the girls, not until the Buhari government came a year later, and a large chunk of the hapless abductees were brought back. Some are still unaccounted for till today”.

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“When Dapchi happened some years later, the Buhari government behaved differently. It swung into action, went after the abductors, and through a combination of deft factors, the girls were brought back. Except Leah Sharibu.

With Kankara on our hands, despite the strident cacophony of the market, President Buhari kept his cool, and went to work. And the needful was done. The boys were recovered after about six days in captivity”.

“While the saga lasted, and government was working night and day, enemies of the land were on overdrive, doing a jig, hopping from one leg to the other in a macabre dance. It was time to play evil politics once again. It was time to generate opprobrium for the President, and display hatred for their own land”.

“In 2014, there had been #Bring Back Our Girls, which contributed to dealing the government of the day mortal blows, and it was voted out a year later. So, the enemies thought they had a sucker punch at their disposal. They came up with #Bring Back Our Boys, and had reportedly printed ten million T-Shirts, which they wanted to use in prosecuting their self-serving crusade. Were they interested in the welfare of the Kankara boys, nor in the travails of their parents? Not at all. They were only actuated by vengeance, and the political capital they could get out of it. Their logic (or is it illogic) was clear. If #Bring Back Our Girls brought down a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) government, then #Bring Back our Boys must also undo the APC government”.

“There are many thoughts in the heart of man, but it is the counsel of God that shall stand. As the government worked, fervent prayers were also being made by people of goodwill. Everything coalesced, and worked together for the good of the country, of the boys, their parents, and of President Buhari. The boys were brought back, intact, unharmed, and not a hair was missing from their heads. To God be the glory. The enemies had lost las las”.

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“They first lost their voices particularly on social media. They vanished after the boys were released. But instead of admitting final defeat, instead of throwing up their hands in surrender, saying that this government was smarter than they thought, they became like Janus, the mythical creature with two faces, and began to speak from two different mouths.

Listen to one of them, who has been overtaken by bile and hatred for the Buhari government. While the boys were being held, she had declared: “In October, US military forces rescued their one citizen held hostage by terrorists within our territory. Buhari as Commander-in-Chief of Nigerian Army, should please accord highest priority to the lives of 333 #Kankara students and seek US support immediately.” In other words, she believed there was an abduction, and it was time to put pressure on a man she didn’t like”.

“After the boys were recovered, what did Madam Red Card say? “Maybe the President sent the children on an excursion to terrorists so that they can release the children at will to him. He needs to tell us exactly what happened with the Kankara kids.”

Does anybody still take the woman serious? The Good Book says such people are “in the gall of bitterness and bondage of iniquity.” From such, please run away”.

“Anyone steeped in hatred against his or her country, and still goes to church or mosque, or even to herbalists, is very far from God. When such people fast, they are simply on hunger strike. When they pray, they simply blubber. But you know the good news? God is interested in this entity called Nigeria. Most times, we live dangerously, but He always pulls us back from the edge of the brink. Those who hate the President for no just cause, who wish evil for their own country, are just injuring their own souls. They will fail las las, and become gentle by force”.

“May God always stand by Nigeria. May He always do us good. May He perfect all that concerns us. Amen, somebody!”

“Compliments of the season, dear readers”.

*Adesina is Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity

About Samuel Abasiekong 601 Articles
Samuel Abasiekong, Senior Journalist, Newspaper Publisher, Author of many literature text books, French-English, English-French languages Translator and Interpreter, Multi-sectoral Counsellor & Consultant, National Convener of National Public Interest Group - NPIG, Secretary Uyo Division of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, News Editor & Reporter @ 9News Nigeria www.9newsng.com www.facebook.com/9NewsNG

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