Be a person of Truth and Consistency.
When you are, no matter the LIES against you; events will unfold and find you still standing on the same spot of Truth and Consistency.
What was their reaction?
They ATTACKED & MALIGNED me gaan.
By 2015 the TRUTH of what I said REVEALED!
The FG to the utter shame of Nigeria hosted a DINNER!
Tragically, less than 8 weeks after the Buni Yadi massacre, the terrorists struck at another school on April 14 & by the time full information was verified by a committee of the then FG, 219 Girls of GSS Chibok had been abducted!
#CitizensSolutionToEndTerrorism. It was amazing. What next, I wondered.
I hope this is NOT TRUE. The @BBCAfrica reports that some 200 school girls were abducted LAST NIGHT in Borno State? Any Tweeps in Borno?
As I waited for some minutes to learn more, tears rolled involuntarily because my mind said “it’s BBC o”
Sadly, THE FG PRETENDED NOT TO HEAR ME.
I led the March.
1. Disperse as a one- off based on the word of the .@nassnigeria Leaders to get then President to ACT.
2. Come out & MARCH DAILY until then FG ACTED.
I pointed out the CONSEQUENCES of any of the 2 options before us.
Consequence of option 2 was:
it involved SERIOUS PERSONAL COMMITMENT & COST for each of us to come out DAILY to march.
Crowd CHOSE 2!!
.@tsambido went on his knees &held me.
Also crying,I PROMISED him.
Thanks to GOD, they FAILED&FAILED.
ALL WICKED LIES.
Some weak-minded people believed them.
I WAS IGBO THEN AND NOW.
WHAT A SLOTHFUL LIE.
Many should recall that in March 2014, APC had in fact received a SERIOUS TONGUE LASHING from me when they surprisingly invited me as Keynote Speaker as an Economic Development expert to their Economic Blueprint Summit @ the Hilton.
I was TIRED of the incorrigible SELFISH attitude of our Political Class which spent so much effort bickering to “Capture or Retain Power” while terrorists RAGED ON & KILLED.
“Tweeps, I've been invited by APC to deliver the Keynote Speech @ their unveiling of their Road Map tomorrow. It shall b nothing but d Truth.”
No way was I going to deliver some anodyne speech to that gathering.
”THE UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTH OF ELUSIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT- NIGERIA’S CENTURY OLD FAILURES AND PROSPECTS FOR A NEW NIGERIA”
After delivering my speech & walking up to their Party Stalwarts to shake their hands; no one bothered to walk me out to my car!
I WAS GLAD.
I read :
Thanks for inviting me as your Keynote Speaker at your Unveiling of Road Map Summit. I do not know how you decided to take this high risk of inviting me to your gathering.
“I do not know how you took this high risk of inviting me to your gathering; knowing full well that my zeal for candor can be generally unsettling for some people of your class and occupation.”
“Since you took the risk, I have assumed the liberty to speak boldly even to your discomfort especially considering that we live in a season of grim when our country is greatly troubled.”
“In perilous times like this, Truth is the absolute freedom. I shall be spurred on by the counsel of George Orwell who in honor of Truth stated that “in a time of deceit telling the Truth is a revolutionary act”.
“I further assume that if you wanted someone with the skills of deceit, it would not be me that you would have invited to your gathering. I therefore speak to you today not as a politician.”
It DELIBERATELY MALIGNED ME and tagged me APC to TAINT my PUBLIC OPINION.
Friends like N. Elrufai ( my ex-colleague 2000-2007) and R. Amechi (served with me on NEITI as Rep of 36 Houses of Assembly).
Yet they carried on as there were enough “We Hate Oby Brigade” in that administration to egg them on!
IT WAS LOW.
All this for simply ASKING A GOVERNMENT TO RESCUE #ChibokGirls.
I STOOD ON no matter how MIGHTILY the then FG abused its powers to hurt me for DEMANDING ACCOUNTABILITY.
1. Revamp FG Program of Rescue for the Girls to be sustained & Results-focused.
2. Institute a structured feedback platform so FG can provide updates to Families, Community & BBOG/Public
3. Care for ChibokParents.
But did HE & his FG?
NOT AT ALL. NOT AT ALL.
After July 8, 2014 meeting, our submissions, Parents & Community plea & @MBuhari ‘s promise to ACT ON THOSE DEMAND, his FG FAILED TO DO EVEN 1 out of the 3 key promises. Weeks and then months after that meeting NO SINGLE ACTION on ChibokParents.
It is that “the death of a child enables closure unlike the endless pain of the loss of a missing child”. Ah. In the nearly four years of our advacy for #ChibokGirls WE can confirm.
We were told he had just a few minutes& that alone I would speak for all.
No way was I going to allow this to be so, I mumbled to myself.
For us, it was IMPORTANT for the parents of the Girls to be HEARD.
It was a strange meeting where hardly ANY EMPATHY flowed.
1. I expected you to praise me for what’s already done such as change of service chiefs & better equipping of military but you seem not to appreciate.
2. I repeat that I have no credible intelligence on the Girls.
3. We are doing our best.
IT WAS A VERY BAD.
A “new” FG that had promised to handle ChibokGirls tragedy DIFFERENTLY & EFFECTIVELY as well as treat their Parents with Dignity just BADLY SHOWED SAME SAME.
All WE see of them TODAY was in that Speech. Yes.
They just weren’t LISTENING.
...EXACTLY LIKE THE OTHER FG✍🏾