￼Senator Ayogu Eze, the senator representing Enugu North Senatorial District of Enugu State, on Sunday, commended Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan on the on-going efforts to free school girls abducted by the Boko Haram Islamists.
There is intense efforts from the Nigerian government with support from the US, United Kingdom, France and China to free the girls abducted nearly one month ago at Chibok, in Borno State.
Sen. Eze, who spoke from Cambridge, United Kingdom where he is currently attending a course on legislative oversight, deplored what he described as the unwarranted misrepresentation of issues on the unfortunate incident.
He said it was not time for blame trading but for Nigerians to rally round and complement government efforts.
Eze said the President had so far demonstrated sufficient leadership and statesmanship by internationalising the problem and convoking a global concert to battle the issue of terrorism in Nigeria.
The Senator, who is the chairman, Senate Committee on works, commended the President for setting up a fact finding committee to unravel the true situation of the abduction saga.
He then urged all concerned to cooperate with the presidential committee to ensure an early and speedy resolution of the problem.
He called on the government of Borno State, the authorities of the school at Chibok and security agencies on ground in the area to rise up and help the government and the international community to bring this issue to an end, he condemned the current blame game going on, saying what is needed now is for all hands to be on deck to confront the monster of terrorism in Nigeria head-on, once and for all.
According to him, “There are three tiers of government involved here – the federal, the state and the local government. Yet everybody is speaking as if only the president has a role to play here.
“We were told that Borno State government was told to evacuate those girls so as to remove them from harm’s way.
“We we’re also told that they said they had enough security in place to protect the students.
“How come nobody is talking about this if we must indulge in blames? Why are we singling out just the President for blame?”
He advised all concerned to stop trading blames and looking for scape goats and channel all energies instead to a speedy resolution of the problem.
Senator Eze said a lot of international figures, who had commented on the situation in Chibok and the fight against terrorism in Nigeria so far had done so out of ignorance and advised them not to be misled by the campaign of calumny against the person and the office of the President.
He said the social media is full of rubbish and half truths, which can mislead people into believing wrong things about Nigeria, and advised members of the international community to liaise with Nigerian embassies and high commissions across the world for authentic information about Nigeria.
He urged the President not to be distracted by the adversarial campaign against him by a few vocal members of the elite, saying that history will vindicate him against his traducers.
He said most Nigerians are supporting the President as opposed to the few people who attack him for their selfish interests, adding that the president is a Godly man who believes in due process and rule of law.
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