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Joe Igbokwe: #BringBackGoodluck2015 Shame Revisited

It took the intervention of the US Newspaper The Washington Post to draw the attention of the world and President Goodluck Jonathan on the primitive and evil machinations of the president’s men who tried few days back to use the hash tag, #BringBackOurGirls# to pursue their wicked and narrow agenda for 2015.

The moment The Washington Post hit the newsstand, President Jonathan ordered his handlers and campaigners to dismantle the shameful campaign billboards across the country bearing the harsh tag #Bring Back Goodluck2015#.In the social media yesterday, angry Nigerians disparaged the presidency and the supporters of the president for making mockery of our kidnapped girls who had spent 150days in captivity. Most contributors held the view that if Washington Post had not internationalized the ugly and dubious campaigns faking the #BringBackOurGirls# project, the President would have not ordered the stoppage of the useless campaign.

First, it was the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria(TAN) who are going about the zones in Nigeria, staging rallies even when INEC has not blown the whistle for campaign rallies and drumming support for President Jonathan’s 2015 agenda in the face of massive hunger, insecurity, lack of electricity, joblessness, decayed infractstruture, brazen corruption, impunity, threat of insurgency, weak leadership, etc

The TAN advocates have been blurring our line of vision and insulting our sensibilities but we have been silent believing that a time will come when a spade will be called a spade. We have left them believing that a time will come when the chicken will come home to roost. We have ignored their noise across the country knowing fully well that the time of reckoning is fast approaching. But these people have lost every sense of reasoning to realize when to say enough is enough. TAN is a resurrection of Abacha’s Youth Earnestly Ask For Abacha (YEA).Their mission and concept are the same and tallies with the decayed politics of our country.

How can a people with minds of their own forget that nearly 300 of our young girls have been in captivity for 150days? How can they ignore the feelings of the parents? Do they know that some of these parents have died of heart break because of the missing girls? Are these people real parents? Do they think in terms of these parents? Why do they have to abuse the hash tag#BringBackOurGirls# to campaign for a Commander-In-Chief who is not the real Commander-In-Chief? Are we still playing politics with the missing girls? Are these people not intelligent enough to find something else to use to sell their candidate than to steal the #BringBackOurGirl# hashtag? How can a people who claim to possess good education indulge in this show of shame in the 21st century? A friend once told me that you cannot lead people if you do not love the people. You cannot save the people if you do not serve the people. Has the PDP led the people of Nigeria? Have these people served the people of Nigeria very well? No, they do not love us and they cannot save us.

Another learned friend of mine tells me that it is better to present a weak argument strongly than to present strong argument weakly. He told me that he cannot imagine a situation where a weak argument will be presented weakly. The campaigners of President Goodluck Jonathan are presently a weak argument weakly. In their thinking, Nigerians cannot think or recall otherwise, they would have advised their candidate that he and his government have not done enough to justify the votes they got in 2011. They would have told him that the mounting state of insecurity, the unacceptable level of poverty, the state of total unemployment, the overwhelming state of corruption, the state of total infrastructural decay are not testimonials for re-election. Yes, they keep dividing Nigerians along ethnic and religious lines but these are not credible pedestals to power.

We live in interesting times in Nigeria where fake drugs are being presented to us as original drugs. They are giving us fake currencies for genuine ones. When it is 8am in the morning the workers of iniquity tell us it is 6pm. A weak President and a frightened Commander-In-Chief is being presented to us as the strongest president in Nigeria. Their campaign for re-election is structured on weak platforms. They are not structured on credible platforms of performance and integrity. They are not based on stellar performance. They are not based on facts. They are based on phantoms and fantasies. Now can this kite fly? It cannot.

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Joe Igbokwe is the Publicity Secretary, All Progressives Congress, APC, Lagos State.

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