Former minister of education and co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls group, Oby Ezekwesili has reacted to Goodluck Jonathan’s statement that his administration made efforts to rescue the Chibok girls who were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in April 2014.
Oby Ezekwesili and the BBOG group have been calling on the present government to do more to ensure that the remaining Chibok girls are rescued from Boko Haram captivity.
The UK Guardian, had reported that Jonathan-led administration rejected the offer of the British armed forces to help in rescuing the abducted girls.
The paper reported the British Armed Forces in a mission named ‘Operation Turus,’ conducted air reconnaissance over northern Nigeria for several months, following the kidnapping of 276 girls from the town of Chibok.
Quoting a source involved in the operation, the paper said the Nigerian government declined the offer from the British government to help rescue the girls after they were kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents.
But, Jonathan has described the report as lies by people playing politics with the issue of the abducted girls.
The former president in a statement signed by his media adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, said his administration made efforts to rescue the Chibok girls, especially in relation to collaborating with the international community.
However, not impressed by Jonathan’s response, Ezekwesili, said people of the world who joined in crying out for responsiveness can read between the lines of the former president’s comments.
Read her reaction below:
Meanwhile, the Nigerian government has issued a warning to former president Goodluck Jonathan over the abduction of the Chibok school girls.
In a statement released on Monday, March 6, the minister of information, culture and tourism Lai Mohammed said Jonathan must stop engaging in finger pointing over the issue of Chibok girls.
Mohammed said because the girls were abducted during Jonathan’s regime, pointing fingers is an unnecessary distraction for the present administration.
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