Following the backlash President Buhari faced, after he was pictured in Kano yesterday for Governors Ganduje and Ajimobi’s children’s wedding, the Nigerian President’s media aide, Lauretta Onochie has waded in to salvage the situation.
In her tweet targeted at President Buhari’s critics who slammed the Nigerian President for failing to visit Dapchi, Lauretta Onochie said that President Buhari is an adult and so decides where he visits. Her tweet read;
@MBuhari is an adult. He decides where he goes. He decided it’s Kano today. And to Kano he went.
Oh yes, the rights to make a choice is all yours. The thousands who came out today in Kano to welcome him, also will exercise their rights. That’s how it works.
This tweet is coming after Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, in 2014 said that it was a shame that President Goodluck Jonathan did not visit Chibok before the girls kidnap, and “a double tragedy that he did not go there after the abduction”.
He added that the statement credited to President Goodluck Jonathan’s spokesperson, Reuben Abati, that the president never had plans to visit Chibok was no defence.
Mohammed, while fielding questions from journalists during the biennial delegates conference of the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) in Lagos at the weekend, said: “In Buniyadi, where they murdered about 53 school children, we asked him to go, he refused. The Nyanya blast took place, the next day our president was in Kano dancing. Chibok, we said as the Commander-in – Chief, he should go there and empathize with the people. If you go there, the parents would see that you are concerned.”
He added that if anybody is politicizing the issue of Boko Haram, it is the president and the government body language that led to the situation.
“If there is a bomb blast, the president would say it is the work of my enemies, if there is bomb blast and kidnapping, he would say, they want to embarrass me, if there is a bomb blast, it is the APC; who is playing politics with security? If he had been states-manly enough to understand that a problem in any part of Nigeria is a problem for all us, it would not have gotten to this sorry state,” he said.