President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the immediate removal of the #BringBackJonathan signs being used by his supporters for his second term bid. The directive contained in a statement by the presidential spokesperson, Dr. Reuben Abati, followed worldwide condemnation, with the United States of America’s influential newspaper, Washington Post, describing the use of the slogan as “galling.” Like many Nigerians, the Washington Post in its editorial, noted that the #BringBackJonathan sign was parodying the #BrinBackOurGirls the social media campaign used to nudge the world to the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State, by the Boko Haram terrorist group in April. The critics, including the Washington Post, queried the basis for parodying the the rescue campaign slogan when Jonathan’s administration had failed to rescue the girls from captivity. But Abati, in his statement, said the signs were being used without President Jonathan’s knowledge or approval.
He said the President had therefore ordered that the “offensive and repugnant” signs and campaign banners bearing the slogan be immediately brought down. SEE MORE ON PAGE2