Profligacy Extraordinaire: Water Jets, Holograms, Pyrotechnics Deplored To ‘Celebrate’ Nigeria’s Centenary

Profligacy Extraordinaire: Water Jets, Holograms, Pyrotechnics Deplored To ‘Celebrate’ Nigeria’s Centenary


59 school children slaughtered by Boko Haram terrorist sect. 120 massacred by the same group few nights before this horrific incident in Government College, Yobe.

At least $20 billion is missing from the federation account. Nigeria’s petroleum company NNPC, simply failed to remit proceeds of it sales of the country’s crude oil. corruption is wide-spread.

This is the story that has characterized the Jonathan Presidency in the past 3 years he has been on the saddle as Executive President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Rather than call for a sober reflection over the woes that has befallen our nation his watch, President Goodluck Jonathan called fellow African President to celebrate 100 years of Nigeria’s existence as a geographical location.

Not minding the tongue-lashing and opposition to the celebrations, the Goodluck administration in a no-expense-spared effort, is organizing one of the biggest jamboree to celebrate the existence of a nation of mostly disagreeable folks who haven’t been given the chance to determine their political future as a country.

The Centenary celebrations The Paradigm learnt, is guaranteed to be a once in a lifetime experience, water jets, holograms and pyrotechnics are just a few unique components that will be incorporated into The Nigeria Centenary Concert, Multimedia Show and Fireworks display hosted by His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

With high security measures in place, an array of Presidents and World Leaders, as well as former Presidents/ Heads of State will journey to Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, Abuja for the event of the century taking place on Thursday, 27th February 2014 at the Abuja National Stadium.

Abuja Stadium

Citizens gathered in Abuja earlier in the morning to protest government’s neglect of the Boko Haram victims in Yobe state, but where met by a wall of battle ready police officers who arrested some and tear-gased the remaining.

Unity Fountain Fountain 2

Earlier, Leadership Newspaper, one of Nigeria’s fast selling newspaper in the capital city, Abuja, published the names of the students who lost their lives.

The President aside from passively mentioning the tragic event in his Centenary speech, he has report to honour or compensate those who lost lives and properties to the cold hands of Boko Haram members.

See the front page of Leadership Newspaper where the names of the students where published this morning.

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Also, the Chairman of the Governing Council National Human Rights Commission (NHRC),Chidi Anselm Odinkalu has released an official statement on the Yobe Massacre.

The statement reads:

On the 25th of February 2014, un-known persons presumed to be elements of the Jama’atu ahlus sunnah lid da’awati wal jihad (JALISWAJ), perpetrated a mass atrocity in which they killed tens of learners at the Federal Government College, (FGC) Buni-Yadi and abducted an equally shocking number of female learners.

There is no way to minimize the shock and tragedy of these events. The perpetrators clearly do not wish Nigeria well. Words are not enough to condemn them and their conduct. To the parents of the affected children, words are equally insufficient comfort or condolence. This is every parent’s worst nightmare. Condolences are also due to the Government and People of Yobe State and to the Federal Government.

Education a basic right guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. These children were killed in exercise of this right. The pursuit of education cannot be cause for the mass murder of innocent children.

FGC Buni-Yadi is one of a network of 104 so-called Unity Schools, begun in 1966 by the Federal Government and accelerated in the 1970s to foster national unity in Nigeria through learning and enlightenment. It truly hurts that children whom we sent to school as symbols of our unity as a country have become sacrificial offerings in some people’s project towards dis-unity. This must not be allowed.

Confronting this requires collective leadership at all levels. At a time like this, it is necessary for political leaders across parties to sink differences, reassure the country, and discover in adversity such as this the will to forge common purpose.

Sybolisms do matter. In memory of these children and all others lost in the ongoing situation in the north-east and as the institution of government closest to the people, our National Assembly should re-convene urgently in plenary. The plans for the Centenary celebration must reflect the tragic backdrop of the country at this time. A suitable period of national mourning will not be out of place. In the interim, proposals for the transfer of children in the eight Unity Schools in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States to other schools outside the region should be taken seriously.

Many official reports, including the Marshall Dike report (2009); Galtimari Report (2011); and Turaki Committee Report (2013) already contain far-reaching proposals for addressing the situation in N.E. Nigeria. The Federal Government and the governments and people of the states in the Lake Chad area in N.E. Nigeria deserve the support and ideas of all citizens, well-wishers and friends of Nigeria as they work to bring an end to these atrocities.

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