Chibok Girls’ Release: Jonathan’s Deafening Silence Worrisome

By Ikenga Chronicles October 17, 2016

Chibok Girls’ Release: Jonathan’s Deafening Silence Worrisome

As the world welcomes the release of the 21 Chibok girls by Boko Haram, former President, Goodluck Jonathan and his political godfather, Edwin Clark, have both refused to comment on the much celebrated release.

This shocking silence from the duo, came as eminent Nigerians have called on Jonathan to join the chorus in welcoming the girls back home, having failed to rescue the girls during his regime.

Recall, that barely 24-hours after the release of the girls, former Military President, Ibrahim Babangida among other reputable leaders , had stated that it was a thing of joy, for the girls to have been reunited with their families, after being taken away in such a painful and abrupt manner for over two and half years.

The leaders noted that the release of the 21 girls signaled hope, after such moments of despair the abduction of over 200 schools girls brought to their families, the entire country and the global community.

Since news of the release of the 21 Chibok girls broke, some organisations and prominent personalities have also celebrated the release of the girls. According to Amnesty International, “The release of 21 of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls by the armed group Boko Haram is a big relief. However, it is vital now that they receive adequate physical and psycho-social counselling and support so that they can fully reintegrate in their communities.”

Similarly, the Human Rights Watch said: “The good news of the girls’ return should serve as a beacon of hope not only for families of the 197 girls still missing, but also for hundreds of other women and children, including 300 Damasak school children, abducted by Boko Haram.”

Obi Ezekwesili, a former Minister of education and a leader of #BringBackOurGirls campaign, Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, among others, have all welcomed the release of the girls.

However, one person who has kept mum following the release of the 21 Chibok girls is Jonathan, under whose administration the girls were kidnapped. Jonathan, who has been vocal on many other issues, has chosen to be silent on the release of the Chibok girls.

According to Analysts, the deafening silence by Jonathan on the issue has come as a surprise because the former President in recent times has commented on both National and International issues via his twitter handle, @GEJonathan and his face book page Goodluck Jonathan.

Also reacting, an analyst said: “Now, the best he can do at this moment is to welcome home the girls his administration failed to protect. His silence over the issue is more suspicious than comforting. My advice is for Jonathan to join the world and other prominent Nigerians in celebrating the release of the girls.”

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