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- Wednesday, 20 June 2012
- By Rotimi Fashakin (Engr.)
PRESS RELEASE: The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) notes with interest President Goodluck Jonathan’s decision to jet out of the country today to attend this year’s United Nations’ Earth Summit, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from which his is
expected to come back to the country on Friday.
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.
Over the weekend, violence erupted in some parts of Kaduna State of which the death toll in Sunday’s multiple bombing and consequent reprisal attacks is said to have risen to 74, and on Monday fresh attacks were reported in Damaturu, Yobe State, where dozens are maimed and the state capital turned to a war zone of sorts. The atmosphere of gloom pervading the nation is further darkened by the perceptible sense of angst that citizens wear as they mourn fellow countrymen mindlessly murdered in these incidents.
The situation has since exacerbated with reprisal killings and maiming which may require extraordinary use of Executive Powers!
At this time, the Nation’s tranquil atmosphere has been truncated with spate of mindless bombings and general insecurity. It is our considered view that, this is not the propitious time for frivolous travels by the Nation’s President; more so, that the reason for the journey is what a minister of environment can conveniently handle. This latest action by Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is 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.
We hereby wholeheartedly condemn this show of irresponsible executive aloofness by the Nation’s ‘numero uno’.
God bless Nigeria.
Rotimi Fashakin (Engr.)
National Publicity Secretary, CPC.