I have waited for nearly 30 hours to see if there would be any personal intervention/statement from President Buhari over the killing of itinerant preacher, Eunice Elisha, but none has come. (If anyone heard any, he or she should oblige) I am surprised and at the same time not really. We have a president that has consistently failed to seize moments and send a powerful message. And I think the man has media handlers who only seem to find their voices when hitting suspected looters!
Eunice was killed by suspected Muslim fanatics. Buhari has been facing criticisms over suspicions of both favouring Muslims in his appointments and at same time treating the menace of Fulani herdsmen with kid gloves. Now, a Christian preacher was killed by suspected Muslim fanatics, yet mum is the word from this man. Haba!
Mrs. Dolapo Osibajo, the VP spouse, visited the Elishas but she could have gone in her personal capacity. Being a Redeemed pastor’s wife herself. Nothing could have positively sold the image of this recluse president than visiting the bereaved himself. Yes. Himself. You can imagine the message a photo of the president holding the hands of Olawale Elisha, the widower’s hand, would have sent to the world. It would have consoled the bereaved, comforted the emotionally injured, encouraged the doubters and reassured the confused!
But our president, yet again, missed the moment.
Like Agatu killings, it took a month before a word from his Aso Rock fortress. Two days ago, another 81, according to Agence France Presse, AFP, were killer in Benue State again by Fulani herdsmen. Yet, when three bombers killed 42 in Atatürk airport, Turkey, (yes 42, compared to 300 in our own land) the president sent his condolences. Yet, those on whose mandate he superintends over the country die wantonly everyday from avoidable deaths, and our president looks the other way. For him, Eunice’s death is another footnote. My heart bleeds!
Either the president or his handlers, someone needs a moral upbraiding!
NB: These are photographs of Pastor Olawale Elisha, the widower, and six of his seven kids, and when the wife of the VP, Dolapo, was having a word with one of the kids. (Photo credit: Sahara Reporters)