Yes, we know that #ThereRisGodO but we do not need such distractions in serious matters. Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to stop people from further trivialising the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls from their school ini Chibok, Borno State on April 14.
Falana said the comment credited to some individuals, including Patience Jonathan, that “no child is missing”, is very sad and capable of deepening the agony of the abducted children’s parents:
“Why has the Federal Government accepted the offer of the United States’ Government to join in the “frivolous-search” for the girls since they are no longer missing?
“No doubt, the incendiary statements credited to certain people to the effect that “no child is missing” must have accentuated the agony of the parents of the abducted girls some of whom had taken part in street demonstrations title ‘Bring Back Our Girls’.
“To that extent, the panel of inquiry alleged to have been set up by the First Lady is illegal, unconstitutional, null and void. It should be disbanded without any further delay.”
“President Goodluck Jonathan should ensure that the abduction of the innocent girls is not further trivialised in the interest of our collective sensibility and public morality,” he stated.
He described as insensitive for some highly placed persons to insist that there was no missing child despite the step by the Christian Association of Nigeria to publish some the abducted girls’ names.
He said, “In spite of the inauguration of the Presidential Committee to investigate the abduction of the over 200 girls and the publication of the names of about 185 of the missing girls by the CAN, some political leaders have insisted that no child has been abducted.
“Such level of insensitivity is being displayed by highly placed persons at a time that the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, has admitted that the criminal sect abducted the innocent girls and threatened that they would be sold into slavery.”
He queried the basis for the government’s acceptance of international aid to rescue the children if truly the girls were not missing, as the President’s wife has claimed.