Nigeria’s president Jonathan is scheduled to visit states known as Boko Haram’s den before the end of the week.
By Talatu Usman
President Goodluck Jonathan will visit the troubled states of Borno and Yobe before the end of the week, in a move to probably prove he is not timid as accused by opposition party, Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN.
Sources in the presidency say that preparations are in top gear for the president’s visit to the states, with the first delegation of aides travelling to Borno on Tuesday. The President is expected to be in Borno on Thursday.
Criticisms have risen over the President’s hesitance to visit the violence torn state with the latest coming from the ACN.
The opposition party said the president had failed to show leadership by staying away from Borno and Yobe States, fearing only for his personal safety and not taking into cognizance that many of the citizens were being maimed and want an assurance that their government can put an end to the turmoil.
“Part of the reason this needless Boko Haram crisis has festered is that the President in particular has failed to show leadership. By staying away from the affected parts of the country since the crisis started in 2009 for fear of his personal safety, and also receding behind the safe walls of the Aso Rock fortress to celebrate independence anniversaries, the President has unwittingly emboldened the anarchists who have killed and maimed thousands,” the ACN said in a statement on Sunday.
Last Thursday, governors of the newly formed All Progressives Congress, APC, defied reports of grave insecurity to visit Borno State.
The ACN commended the governors saying the visit proves that an APC led government will tackle the Boko Haram situation.
If President Jonathan makes this visit, it will be his first to the troubled states since his assumption of office.