The Nigerian government continues to fail in its response to the kidnapping of schoolgirls from Chibok. The latest tactic is blame the protesting parents:
Nigerian President Jonathan, who has taken sweeping criticism for what some have perceived as disregard for the crisis, addressed concerns on Sunday. “Wherever these girls are, we’ll get them out,” Jonathan said, adding that officials had no idea where they were.
Then he proceeded to criticize parents for not being forthright with police. ”What we request is maximum cooperation from the guardians and the parents of these girls. Because up to this time, they have not been able to come clearly, to give the police clear identity of the girls that have yet to return,” he said.
No, Mr. President. The problem here is not with the girls’ parents. You should not be finger-wagging the kidnapped girls’ parents for some imaginary failure of candor with the police. You have no business blaming the parents for anything when the military is doing fuck-all to rescue the girls and your wife is ordering the arrests of leading protesters.
A leader of a protest march for the missing schoolgirls says Nigeria’s first lady abused them, expressed doubts there was any kidnapping and accused them of belonging to the network blamed for the abductions. Then she ordered two of them arrested, the AP reported.
Saratu Angus Ndirpaya of Chibok town said State Security Service agents drove her and protest leader Naomi Mutah Nyadar to a police station Monday after an all-night meeting at the presidential villa in Abuja, the capital. She said Nyadar remains in detention. Police could not be reached for comment.
Ndirpaya says Patience Jonathan accused them of fabricating the abductions to give Nigeria’s government and her husband “a bad name.”
Maybe if the government put more effort into rescuing the girls from Chibok, and less effort into punishing protesters, your husband would be viewed more positively? Just a thought.