Reports has it that President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the removal of his political campaign billboards, bearing ‘#BringBackJonathan2015’, supposedly styled after the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaign hash tag. In a statement by Presidential aide, Reuben Abati, President Jonathan said he agreed with the view that the signs “are a highly insensitive parody of the #BringBackOurGirls hash tag”. The President said he did not give approval for the promotion of the campaign hash tag, and assured Nigerians of
The statement reads “While President Jonathan appreciates the enthusiastic show of support for his administration by a broad range of stakeholders, he condemns the #Bring Back Jonathan 2015 signs which appear to make light of the very serious national and global concern for the abducted Chibok girls.
“The President assures all Nigerians and the international community that his administration remains fully engaged with efforts to rescue the abducted girls and that he will not knowingly promote any actions that will fly in the face of the seriousness of their plight and the anguish of their families.”
Apparently, President Jonathan was compelled to denounce the political advert after a severe dress down in an article published in Washington Post, on Tuesday. Written by Ishaan Tharoor, the article deplored the inappropriateness of the hash tag for the Jonathan campaign and at a time the deadly sect is slaughtering hapless Nigerians.
“But the gravity of the moment hasn’t stopped some in Nigeria from appropriating the tragic hashtag for rather cynical purposes. Banners emerged in the capital Abuja over the weekend showing Jonathan alongside a new slogan: #BringBackGoodluck2015.
“The campaign appears to be the work of supporters of the president, keen for his reelection in presidential polls next February. It’s not clear whether Jonathan has officially endorsed the new hashtag, but its seeming ubiquity suggests that he is not opposed to it, Tharoor wrote.