#BringBackOurGirls: Where is Our ‘Patience’ By Jude Feranmi
Dame Patience Jonathan, the “supposed” first lady of our beloved country, Nigeria is missing in action. It appears to me more as perfunctorily stupendous than unfortunate that at a time like this when our girls are missing that the first recognized woman has not uttered a word, even if she’s going to pronounce it wrongly. Not one word , talk less of a press release to women of her kind that are in pain and agony as a result of the ineptitude of her husband-led administration. The question that keeps coming to mind is, Are we supposed to wait until it is one of the kids of the President that is missing before we hear from the first lady? Is the sense of remorse only meant to be shown publicly when the members of the elite class lose their brothers or sisters or kids?
The last time I personally saw Dame Patience Jonathan in the news, it was related to Rivers state politics, and that is less than two weeks ago. It’s been 17 days and a couple of hours since these girls went missing. The media is filled with all sorts of news, blogs, write ups and we have still not heard from Madam Dame. She will rather prefer to get her hands dirty in the politics of a state that is a thousand miles away from her “unconstitutional” office in Abuja.
The success of a leader is most times dependent on the acceptability and the confidence of his followers and most times, the acceptability is not always imposed even if the office of the leader is being imposed on the followers. I think the Jonathan family as a whole has shown to the country that they lack the capacity to lead in times when the country needs them the most. For Pete’s sake, this family has shown at every opportunity they are given that they do not deserve to be called the first family, no matter what they might have done or plan to do. If the security of citizens cannot be guaranteed and even the perception of togetherness can’t be shown, no matter how hypocritical, then it speaks volumes of what kind of followership we have in such country.
From the ineffable ineptitude as shown by this family , we can almost infer that if what happened in Kenya during the westgate incident had happened in Nigeria, it would require about two weeks and a security council meeting followed by a standing committee to intervene in the matter. We might even say it wouldn’t get the attention of the FG as less than 70 persons were killed in total (67) in the Kenyan crisis with about 175 injured compared to about 234 of our less than age 20 girls missing.
To the first family, #BringOurGirlsBack
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